Tom Gascoyne

Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?

I thought university was the path for me and achieved a place at The University of Winchester to study a BA Hons in Event Management. I decided to defer my place and take a gap year as I wasn’t 100% sure due to the costs of university. On my gap year, I started researching Apprenticeships and realised I can get to where I want to be with an Apprenticeship, gaining valuable industry experience as well as a qualification.   

How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?

My best friend started an Apprenticeship when we left school and that’s where I mostly found out about them. With further research, I found out about degree level Apprenticeships and that has been the goal I have been pursuing ever since. 

What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?

One of the main things I’ve learned is how to practically enforce marketing knowledge I have learned. The use of professional Photoshop tools and other marketing packages to create artwork and press releases for the college. I have even gained photographical and journalistic skills from interviewing students and tutors as well as taking photos of events around the college. The Henley College has allowed me to learn about a wide breadth of marketing along with organising public lectures and events. This, along with gaining qualifications along the way, has given me an all-round understanding of marketing.

What do you plan to do next?

I plan to use my qualifications and experience that The Henley College has given me to pursue a Level 4 and 5 Higher Apprenticeship with O2 at their head offices in Slough.

How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?

My Apprenticeship has provided a base for me to gain experience and learn new skills which I can put into practice every day. The Henley College has given me the opportunity and the guidance to peruse my career in marketing. 

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

With more degree level Apprenticeships becoming available, Apprenticeships are becoming a very feasible alternative to university. They allow you to gain a recognised qualification and valuable skills as well as earning a wage which universities can’t offer.

What’s your top tip?

Take every opportunity that comes your way. Any experience or skills that you can learn are worth so much. Also don’t feel pressured into going to university route just because other classmates are.

How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?

I am very excited about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador. I look forward to sharing my story with others and promoting Apprenticeships as best I can.