Choosing An Apprenticeship
As university fees increase, the competition for existing places getting higher and higher; more people are showing interest in undertaking apprenticeships as a viable option. This was the route I chose to take at the end of last year. I started a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Straight A Training in November and in these past few months I have really been able to integrate into a working environment. My job role is mainly as an assistant to the main administrator; this involves me assisting in her roles as well as helping the rest of the team, meaning I get to learn from their experience, whilst completing my qualification at the same time.
I found out about apprenticeships through the national apprenticeship website after I was prompted to look at it by my college tutor. I had completed my A Levels and I was looking for a way to bridge the gap between study and employment and as I had already decided I didn’t want to go to university, getting an apprenticeship looked to be a great way to do this.
Aside from the obvious “I won’t have to pay back any student loans” there are many benefits to doing an apprenticeship. For example, if like me you aren’t sure what to do when you leave school, it is a great way to gain new skills and a qualification in an area of interest to you as well as gaining valuable work experience.
Having an apprenticeship has really helped me to gain invaluable skills in areas I didn’t know much about before, and it has also helped me to optimise the skills I already had. Since starting at Straight A Training in November I have gained confidence in areas of my job such as being more competent when using computer based programs and when handling paperwork, but more importantly I feel I have really become part of a team and I enjoy being able to assist them. Being more competent with computers has meant that I can now assist the other team members by creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for them, which also counts as evidence to help towards my qualification. I am also able to help by supplying the team with paperwork so that they can spend more time delivering training to other apprentices.
Many of the skills I have gained as part of my apprenticeship so far have greatly assisted in my job as it means I can be more independent and complete my work to a higher standard. Gaining transferable skills in computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel are great because this really opens up my options for future employment once I have completed my apprenticeship.
I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship because it is a fantastic way to get into employment when you have little or no previous experience. You can really take advantage of the help offered to you through the course of your qualification and when you are finished you will have so much more confidence and ability to embark in something new. All in all, getting an apprenticeship is a greatly rewarding and fulfilling way to begin a career.