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#EPICApprentices Blog & Vlog #4

#EPICApprentices Blog & Vlog #4

Where can an apprenticeship lead you in your career journey, and what opportunities can an apprenticeship bring?


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Hi Jubilee, tell us about yourself

  • I am 20, I work in Economic development and Planning and I work in 2 Teams in this service being Regeneration and Compliance. I started in October 2016 doing a Level 3 Business and Admin Apprenticeship, I completed my apprenticeship in October 2018. Originally, I studied Art and Design, I had no experience working in an office environment and was unsure of what was expected of me.
  • After my 2-year apprenticeship I landed myself a permanent job as an Assistant Development Officer, which gives me a lot of room to grow and progress up.

 

Are there any key things you have learned during your Apprenticeship that have really helped you in your Career Journey?

  • I have learned a lot from my apprenticeship, some small achievements and some big achievements. I feel that the main thing which I gained from my apprenticeship is:
  • Confidence: when I first started my apprenticeship, I was very shy and definitely not a ‘go get it’ kind of person, my first year in my apprenticeship wasn’t the easiest but I had great team members helping and supporting me, I was encouraged to do any training I could and get involved in as many team activities as possible. In my second year I was encouraged to join the EPIC team, meeting lots of new people who all supported each other. Getting involved with this gave me a chance to work with people in different services and give me the confidence to put my ideas forward and do presentations. – The key thing here is to never settle with what skills you already have, once you’ve achieved one goal, set another and always make the most of any training/collaboration opportunities to help build your future career.

 

You completed your Apprenticeship a few months back, are there any further learning & development opportunities that you want to take now you’ve been guaranteed a job!

  • I really enjoyed my apprenticeship, even when the course work wasn’t the easiest, getting an assignment completed was a great achievement and now I enjoy my current job, but I have a lot of room to progress and that’s something to be made the most of. I am retaking a lot of training I did in my first year as an apprentice, because now I have more of an understanding of my job, it means I can use the skills more effectively.
  • I am currently a Digital Ambassador which holds lots of opportunities and training to build my skills with technology, as well as considering doing another apprenticeship on the side of my job to try specialising my skills, learn new things and continue to progress.


What would you say to someone looking for an apprenticeship?

  • I would say do it! So many opportunities can come from doing an apprenticeship, as well as being paid to learn, it’s a win-win situation.
  • I would also say, never give up no matter how hard it seems to get. Apprenticeships can test you but that’s a good thing. I almost gave up my apprenticeship about 6 months into it because I wasn’t enjoying it, but I didn’t, I started gaining more experience from different services and now I enjoy my job a lot, this is all because I didn’t just give up.

 

 

 

Hi David, tell us about yourself!

Hi, I’m David. I’m 19 and have just qualified as a Fleet Technician in March 2019. I joined the council as an apprentice in Fleet back in August 2017. Before I joined, I was in full time education having been to primary and secondary school in Chippenham before doing 2 years at college in Cirencester studying business and IT level 3 BTECs. I knew back at secondary school that university wasn’t for me so I looked for options elsewhere. I have always had a passion for vehicles, so this is the perfect apprenticeship for me. Now I’m qualified, I work full time in the Fleet team.

 

Are there any key things you have learned during your Apprenticeship that have really helped you in your Career Journey?

Doing an apprenticeship was the best thing for me. It has taught me everything that a classroom couldn’t such as customer service skills, how to act professional and how to manage multiple tasks at the same time. Only getting 1 day to do coursework meant that time management became crucial to ensure I had enough time to succeed and also the most important thing is to always smile as that helps to give a better image and feel meaning therefore people will respect that. 

 

You’ve recently completed your Apprenticeship, are there any further learning & development opportunities that you want to take now you’ve been guaranteed a job!

I’m always on the lookout for new opportunities and therefore I will certainly be looking out for future development. My aim is progressing the ranks at Wiltshire Council to develop my skills so I will certainly be on the lookout for new apprenticeships or training which will help me develop.


What would you say to someone looking for an apprenticeship?

Go for it. You have nothing to lose doing an apprenticeship. There are so many perks which include getting a guaranteed job if you pass, 25 days annual leave to take whenever you like (plus bank holidays), being offered all the discounts for working for Wiltshire Council, Flexitime, the chance to work around the county, getting to do a variety of work and best of all your being paid whilst you are doing it. Chances are your friends will be struggling with university whereas with an apprenticeship, you can learn on job which is far more beneficial. This therefore gives a far more realistic learning style and when you qualify, you will have all the expertise to do the job you will have already been doing.  Not to mention, earning while your learning is one of the most beneficial parts to an apprenticeship because it really is nice to have a rewards like that every month.

                                                              

If you’re interested in pursuing an apprenticeship at Wiltshire Council, you can find out more here https://jobs.wiltshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships/

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