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Apprentice Q&A - National Apprenticeship Week 2017

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 14:10

National Apprenticeship Week 2017

For National Apprenticeship Week 2017, former Business and Administration apprentice, Lauren Jenkins has been answering some questions and giving advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship. 

1. Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I was unsure on what I wanted to do after sixth form. A degree was an option, but I didn’t want to start a degree without knowing about the job I could be doing with it afterwards. Doing an apprenticeship meant that I could learn while doing the job, and fully understand if it is the right career path for me.

2. What challenges did you face during your time as an apprentice?

I wanted to do all of the units possible! When the apprenticeship had first started, I had to pick a certain number of units that I would do because you can’t do all of them – you work with your employer on picking the units most relevant and beneficial to the role. There were so many interesting units and I didn’t want to miss any – but had to pick a set number, which I still enjoyed doing loads.

3. What are the main advantages of an apprenticeship?

That you get to learn about a job, and the charity/company you are working for, while gaining a worthwhile qualification. It’s also great to be able to get involved with a variety of tasks that you might not be able to normally, without feeling too pressured, because you are an apprentice.

4. Are there any disadvantages?

For me personally, no. However, I think it is important to go for an apprenticeship with a charity/company that you are genuinely interested in. Because if you decide it’s not for you, time is wasted for yourself, the employer, and the qualification provider. You can move the qualification to another employer – but the process can be difficult and take time.

5. Could you be where you are now without your apprenticeship?

I don’t think I would be, no. I think that I would have still been able to get a job as an office junior – however I don’t think I would have been able to progress at the rate that I have while doing the apprenticeship. Doing the qualification has shown my employer that I am capable of doing the tasks and has enabled me to develop more quickly than if I didn’t do the apprenticeship.

6. Where would you be if you hadn’t done an apprenticeship?

Good question! To be completely honest, I probably would not have applied for an office role. It was something I just did not consider previously as I didn’t know what was involved. I would have probably continued with casual work such as behind a bar or in a restaurant – which was fun at the time, but was not something I wanted to do as a career long term.

7. What advice would you give to anyone considering becoming an apprentice?

Remember that you are an apprentice. Sometimes I would get caught up thinking that I should be doing more, that I should have a greater impact in the office, forgetting that it was my first experience in this type of role and that I was primarily there to learn. A little pressure on yourself is good as it keeps you motivated – but there is no need to feel stressed because you employers are there to help you as an apprentice.

8. What support were you given on the apprenticeship?

I’m grateful to have received all of the support I needed from both my employer FRN and the City of Bristol College. I was lucky to be able to ask questions and receive help whenever I asked within the office, and equally when I would see my assessor – she would always be happy to help.

9. What are you hoping to gain from your level 4 qualification?

More confidence within my current role, and to also develop the ability to make decisions and tackle problems without doubting what I am doing (essentially being able to do these things independently without having to check with another staff member).

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would love to continue down the path of Business and Administration within the office – hopefully moving up into more senior positions as my experience and qualifications develop.

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