Earn while you learn: Thinking of an apprenticeship after school or college?

Date published: 05 February 2018

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Apprentice Case Study - Georgia Beech

Company: Rochdale Council
Title: Admin Apprentice, Chief Executive’s Office
Age: 19
Apprenticeship: Business Administration

Q: How did you get into an apprenticeship?

A: I had already been doing an apprenticeship through a different training provider but was not enjoying it because of a number of factors, and I could not see much progression for myself. My sister had completed an apprenticeship previously and recommended I gave Rochdale Training a call.

Q: Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

A: Instead of just going straight into working life I wanted to ensure that I could keep my learning going and get a qualification at the same time. I see this as more beneficial than going to university, as employers are starting to look for people with more experience.

Q: What are the rewards of doing an apprenticeship?

A: You get to meet and learn from experienced individuals at different types of companies. You’re able to dip your toe in the water, and trial working life, while also getting experience and on the job training.

Q: Would you recommend apprenticeships to others?

A: Yes, I have recommended a friend to look further into apprenticeships and showed the types of courses that are available, passing on the information from my previous experience. I further discussed the benefits of my friend not going to university and how apprenticeships can develop knowledge and qualifications whilst being paid.

Q: How did you get into the apprenticeship?

A: First of all I went for an interview with the training provider and completed numerous tests to establish my level of ability which further confirmed the route in which I am going to take a career path into. I applied for the social media marketing job. I received an offer back to take upon myself an interview in which was successful and landed me a secure job first time.

Q: what are your future plans?

A: Hopefully, I am looking to stick with the council and I am showing progression in one way or another.

Q: Why did you choose the position you are currently in?

A: There are many valuable reasons of why I have chose this specific role and one reason being due to distance; it is a lot closer to home than others which were available. I am able to work with different departments within the council and meet new people allowing me to progress successfully. Rochdale Council has a good community of apprentices.

Q: Do you have any advice for future apprentices?

A: Look in to available apprenticeships and what they have to offer as there is always a suitable one for you. It is a good start to working as it gives progression allowing you to earn whilst you learn as well as getting qualifications at the same time. Also there is not a specific routine of what to do; on a day to day I could be doing things from monitoring emails, to dealing with customers over the phone to the coffee run. So there is always something new and exciting.

Apprentice Case Study -Thomas Miller

Company: Integrated Fabrications Ltd
Apprenticeship: Engineering
Age: 17
Training Provider: Rochdale Training

Q: How did you get into doing the apprenticeship?

A: I found out from a family member, who advised that I should try for an apprenticeship. Before securing the apprenticeship I took an aptitude test, after passing this I went on to an interview and this led to me starting in September 2017. Rochdale Training (RT) was very informative and supportive throughout this process.

Q: Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

A: The reason I decided on an apprenticeship is due to me being the hands on person I am and I no longer wanted to be stuck behind the desk at school, which is why I turned to RT to find an apprenticeship. This has had benefits to me as I am getting experience as well as earning money at the same time.

Q: What are the rewards of doing an apprenticeship?

A: So far, I have learnt basic engineering skills whilst getting a recognised qualification. This has also allowed me to earn my own money by working with the company; this allows me to get an insight of what it is like for future life. I have also met new friends and gained relationships with them allowing me to share interests with others as well as experiences within the apprenticeship.

Q: Would you recommend apprenticeships to others?

A: Yes, definitely, it is something different; it is something for those who want to learn practically. I personally have learned a lot from the industry experts, who I get a lot of support and guidance from.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: Once I have completed my four-year programme I am looking to stay within the engineering industry, then possibly considering engineering in the army once I have gained full knowledge and experience.

Q: Do you have any advice for future apprentices?

A: I really enjoy the apprenticeship and have lots of fun when doing it. You can earn while you learn. The course can be tailored to yourself for what path you want to specifically follow.
Lastly, I would say make sure you contact Rochdale Training as the support and guidance you will receive is brilliant.

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