Why did you decide to do an Apprenticeship?
I originally studied A levels at college but on achieving them I was still unsure of potential future careers.
Some of my friends had started university and did not seem to be enjoying it so I decided to look at alternatives. I have always loved geography and saw a job advertised as an Apprentice Town Planner with West Sussex County Council. I applied, made sure I showed a lot of enthusiasm at interview and was lucky enough to get the job.
Please describe your experience
The training consisted of day release at college during term time and on the job training at work. An Assessor from the college came to the workplace to check my progress regularly and to set new targets. My line manager provided excellent support throughout the Apprenticeship and I think IT is absolutely vital to have this support because it is a large change from college to work in terms of responsibility.
How has your Apprenticeship helped you progress in your career?
I recently applied for a job as a Planning Technician at a neighbouring District Council. I was the successful candidate and the job is full time and permanent.
My ultimate goal is to be fully qualified as a Town Planner By progressing to an Apprenticeship Degree in Town Planning or working my way up.
What do you feel are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship over other training or education?
Obviously not having to pay back a student loan was a huge advantage along with earning a salary and having employment rights such as holiday and sick pay.
I also liked the fact that i was working alongside experts in their field and was able to apply the theory i learnt at day release to my actual work practices.
Studying towards an apprenticeship was definitely not an easy option but i really benefitted from the professional attitude of my work colleagues and line manager towards me.