Why did you decide to do an Apprenticeship?
I completed A levels and progressed to a L4 foundation Degree in Art. However there aren’t many openings in Fine Art (which is my specialism) so I decided to do something different. I looked on ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website and saw this job advertised.
Please describe your experience
My job is to support a team of Careers Advisers working with young people who are not in employment, education or training. WE try to encourage the young people to progress to a traineeship or an Apprenticeship. I provide admin support to the team and have also given talks to schools about my experience.
Every week I am given one day to study towards my Apprenticeship. This includes attending lectures at college, self supported study or meeting my assessor in the workplace. All the written work I complete is uploaded onto an e-portfolio and marked online so I can clearly see what progress I am making.
How has your Apprenticeship helped you progress in your career?
My next step will be to progress to a L4 Apprenticeship in project management.This will include a Foundation Degree. I will be attached to a new team working on 21 improvement projects across the council.
What do you feel are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship over other training or education?
I don’t think you can learn enough just by being in a classroom environment. I have really benefitted from working as part of a team.
When I started working here I was very quiet and lacked confidence but I have learnt really important skills like the importance of everyone contributing towards team goals.
I am certainly not quiet now!