Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?
I chose to do an Apprenticeship because I had already been working for two years and I had the realisation that I didn’t want to go to university and study science for another four years. I just wanted to kick start my career and actually start progressing. I always knew I’d enjoy an office-based job but I had no business experience, so this seemed like the obvious next step.
How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?
I uploaded my CV to a job search website and was approached by a recruitment company who thought this opportunity seemed perfect for me, we spoke on the phone, they filled me in on what the job entailed and I was very excited that they thought I was suitable for the job. They put me into contact with the HR department here and helped arrange my interview.
What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?
Firstly, I have gained the basic skills and knowledge I needed to become comfortable and confident in a business environment, the difference between myself before my Apprenticeship and me now is huge, I’m much more confident in myself and have really grown and matured as a person. I’ve also gained a vast knowledge of my industry and market which will be transferrable to a variety of different jobs, along with learning about what different job roles and development opportunities are available in the business world.
What do you plan to do next?
Once I have completed my Apprenticeship, I plan to stay at my workplace and continue my role in Procurement, there’s a place for me in my company and over the last 10 months I’ve become an important and vital member of my team. I want to spend some time away from education exploring different areas of the business and then decide on what field I would like to specialise in and then become qualified in this.
How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?
My Apprenticeship has given me the knowledge and skills I need to become an important member of my team and also the confidence that I will be able to achieve a lot. My Apprenticeship has also given me a great basic understanding of how companies are structured and the types of departments and job roles they could have, which has given me the knowledge I need to be able to explore what is out there and what I would enjoy doing the most.
What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?
I would tell anyone considering an Apprenticeship to just do it. This has honestly been one of the bet decisions of my life, I went from working in a pub kitchen to being a businesswoman in a matter of months. I didn’t really know or understand how much of a good position I could be in my life at this point – I never thought I’d have such a good view of my future with amazing prospects especially at such a young age. Starting an Apprenticeship just kick starts your career and gives you the foundation you need to become a great success.
What’s your top tip?
My top tip would be to work hard and constantly look for development opportunities. Nobody can influence your future as much as you can, you should grab every opportunity you can to build your profile and impress stakeholders or other key members of your business. You should constantly be striving to better yourself, pick up new skills and perfect ones that you’re good at – there’s always room for improvement.
How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?
I’m excited to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador because I’m very passionate about Apprenticeships and how they are giving so many more people different and exciting opportunities. I like being able to talk about the good experience I’ve had since becoming an Apprentice and how well I am doing, along with reinforcing the message that University isn’t the only option for bright people - because I can see this is inspiring and exciting to young people when I’ve spoken to them.
I still don’t think Apprenticeships are spoken about enough and young people really aren’t aware of the opportunities that are out there - I want to help change that!