Apprentice
Case Studies

Apprentice Name

Bethany Preston

Apprenticeship Title

Higher Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web and Telecom Professionals

Employer

Arqiva

Why did you decide to do an Apprenticeship?

I completed my A levels in Chemistry, History, Biology and Psychology in 2013.

I then chose A Higher Apprenticeship route over a straight Engineering degree to curb the costs associated with university and to earn as I studied. This apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to do both.

Please describe your experience

As an Apprentice, rather than go straight into a permanent team, I had the opportunity to rotate between functions so I was exposed to a variety of departments throughout my programme.

I have been involved in a number of high profile projects including supporting our coverage of the Winter Olympics and Commonwealth games.This gave me a better understanding of how other teams work and what their priorities are.

How has your Apprenticeship helped you progress in your career?

I studied a foundation degree alongside my apprenticeship and I did not have to wait until I was qualified until I started earning. I am now a full time Operational Support Systems Engineer, employed by the same company that originally employed me as an Apprentice.

What do you feel are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship over other training or education?

The hands-on training I received through my apprenticeship really gave me a chance to put my skills into practice and gain competency and confidence in the working environment. You don’t always get on-the-job training as a student, but as an apprentice I was able to build up my skills as i worked.

Developing my technical and functional knowledge of satellite transmissions and IP networking at such an early stage in my career ensured that I was fully equipped for a permanent position when I finished my apprenticeship.

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