Tell us about you and your Job role
I am currently completing my two-year business admin apprenticeship at The Pirbright Institute. I feel it is a very unique job to have as it involves many factors. A big part of this apprenticeship is admin and using different computer systems for many things such as recording training and raising purchase orders. However, another part of this job is event planning and organising. There are many events I have helped organise such as conferences and seminars, being part of this has really helped me to gain confidence within my apprenticeship.
What were you doing before the apprenticeship?
Before starting this apprenticeship I studied at a local college. I was studying the following A Levels – Media Studies, Core Maths, Photography and Business Studies. This is went I realised I really enjoyed Business as a subject and started to look into a job involving it. While at college I also had a part-time job as a sales assistant.
Who or what inspired you to start the apprenticeship?
I was inspired to start an apprenticeship by my family, the reason for this is because they knew university wasn’t for me and had heard apprenticeships worked well for some people. When looking into apprenticeships I wanted to make sure I would get the training and support needed to complete the scheme whilst working.
What are your aspirations for the future & how will your apprenticeship help get you there?
Since starting this apprenticeship I have gained a love for event organising and planning, therefore having a job in this in the future would be a big aspiration of mine. I believe this apprenticeship will help me to achieve this because it has allowed me to gain experience with the planning of some events and I have gained confidence throughout this job.
What did you enjoy about the apprenticeship?
The part of this apprenticeship I enjoy the most is being able to complete different things each day and the reason for this is because it makes the job more exciting rather than doing the same thing day in day out and it getting repetitive. I also enjoy the fact that I am at my place of work 5 days a week. I feel this allows me to manage my time in the best possible way for me.
What do your friends and family think about the apprenticeship?
I believe my family think my apprenticeship is working really well for me. They can see I am getting the correct support and training to complete the scheme as they were worried about me not having enough time to complete apprenticeship work at my workplace. My friends believe it is a really interesting apprenticeship to have as it is a new scheme and therefore rare at the moment.
How would they say you have changed since you’ve been an apprentice?
They have commented on how I have become more confident when talking to new people and they believe I am engaged in my job and learning new skills. Some of my family also believe I have become more aware of time management since starting this apprenticeship because I now plan for more situations inside and outside of work.
What advice would you give to other people thinking about starting an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are well worth a try. I believe they help you gained many skills whilst working and earning money. They are great opportunities if you know what field of work you would like to go into. You are offered as much or as little support as you need to complete work and manage deadlines.