Tobias is a Business Administration Apprentice with Oxforshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP). He went to St Gregory The Great School in Oxford and left at the end of Year 11.
Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?
I chose to do an Apprenticeship as I was certain I did not want to go into further full-time education, as I did not have the greatest of experiences at school. I had already been working as well as completing my education and that allowed me to find my passion for gaining experience in a workplace and meeting new people, rather than just studying. However I knew I wouldn’t just be able to walk into a full-time job, and it would help if I had more higher/relevant qualifications to be able to access the paths I wanted. This made me look into Apprenticeships, and by knowing that I’d be learning whilst gaining work experience at the same time, there was only one choice for me.
How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?
I found out about my Apprenticeship through the National Apprenticeship Service website, it’s a great website which has numerous different Apprenticeships for you to go in and view more detail about. It allows you to choose your subject and location and brings up all the different vacancies around you. It was very helpful for me as I had subscribed to the mailing list earlier in the year which allows me to receive updates about Apprenticeships that had things in common for what I was looking for.
What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?
Although I am only just over 2 months into my Apprenticeship, I have already gained many key skills and valuable techniques that help in my day-to-day work life. These range from simpler things like learning how to use more tools on Microsoft office, to dealing with accounts and spreadsheets that are private & confidential, making sure no errors occur and that any data doesn't get into the wrong hands.
What do you plan to do next?
Depending on how my Apprenticeship turns out, I would like to complete an Apprenticeship in the same field but at a higher level. I don’t plan to go to university and I would like to also carry on with my career and work in another location, somewhere else in the UK or maybe even somewhere abroad.
How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?
My Apprenticeship will help me achieve this as it will give me the qualification I need to move on to the next level and also give me the experience I need to be able to show and develop my skills to be able to reach success for myself and my employer.
What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?
I would strongly advise people to have a look into Apprenticeships, but also to make sure they look for something they are interested in and not just choosing something because they’re getting paid. Make sure you look into the Apprenticeship in detail so you can find out if you’re going to get what you need to reach your next step. You have to be committed and work hard, but it’ll be worth it.
What’s your top tip?
My top tip is to try new things, even if they seem difficult, as you never know where they will lead you and what opportunities could open up to you because of this.
How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?
I feel excited about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador, and I look forward to taking on new challenges and meeting new people. I feel as though it will help me get to gain knowledge about different types of Apprenticeships and how they work.