Katherine Whitcher

Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?

I was originally studying Biology, Chemistry and Accounting at New College in Swindon. I found that college wasn’t for me and that I wanted to get into a company and work in the software development sector.

I therefore completed my first year at college and applied for Apprenticeships and started attending interviews.

I had spoken to friends and family members, who have done or are completing an Apprenticeship and they only had good things to say about them. This is when I knew that doing an Apprenticeship in software development was the right move.

How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?

I used Google to find the best websites that advertised Apprenticeships and I also saw some adverts on TV.

I found my current apprenticeship on GOV.UK, I found this was the best site, as I knew that the Apprenticeships would be reliable, as well as there being a huge amount of choice within all sectors.

What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?

I am 8 months into my Apprenticeship and I have already gained so much for example; attending full time employment, taking on my own projects, learning the traits of being a software developer, scheduling meetings, web design and also moving out and living on my own.

What do you plan to do next?

After my 2 years of being an Apprentice, I would like the opportunity to continue working for the University of Oxford and work towards higher qualifications in software development.

How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?

I have gained a lot of experience and learnt a lot about software development while working at the University and I know that the unit has invested a lot of time and money into training me, therefore I hope that by the end of my Apprenticeship I would have done them proud and they would consider keeping me on.

What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?

My advice would be to do what makes you happy and never think that it’s too late. I would also advise anyone thinking about an Apprenticeship to look around, don’t settle for the first one that pops up, because you may find something better.

What’s your top tip?

My top tip would be to not listen to what anyone else wants you to do, or what they think would be best. Follow your gut instinct and do what you want to do and what makes you happy. Don’t think that by leaving college or not going to university will mean you are a quitter, because in fact an Apprenticeship will open up many other opportunities and provide you with the opportunity to be successful in life. However if you have completed a qualification and then you decide to change careers its fine, because it happens to the best of us and it’s never too late to start studying something else.

How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?

I am very happy about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador, as I would like to get my story out to young people and tell them how amazing an Apprenticeship can be.

I also feel as though Apprenticeships are slightly underrated and that they need to be publicised more, as they offer excellent opportunities to young people like myself.