Jade’s Story | Business Administration Apprentice

Hi, I’m Jade and I work for Steadfast Training Ltd. I’ve been asked to write a little about my time as an apprentice and what it has been like for me. I’ll try not to overload you with my story, but I hope that it gives you some more knowledge on the whole deal about apprenticeships.

After I finished my GCSE’s at the Sir John Gleed School, I decided to go on and study A-Levels. I’m one of those people who never really made a decision about where I wanted to go in life. I was trying to broaden my horizons by studying a wide range of subjects. Although I did okay in my exams, I found that I wasn’t enjoying sixth form as much as I enjoyed working. This pushed my decision to leave the sixth form at the start of my second year, and leap into the world of work.

I trundled along as a waitress for just over a year before I realised that I wasn’t going to gain anything but money from it and at the end of the day a career is what I really wanted. I began to search for a new job, and found myself accepting a Business Administration Apprenticeship with Steadfast Training in October 2014.

As I worked through my apprenticeship, I enjoyed learning new skills and refreshing old ones. I’ve learned a vast amount with the company, for example pure administration work to sales, which has given me the experience I need. I’m not just learning about business, I am also kick-starting my future career. Also, I’m being paid to earn a qualification – something so simple to others but is fairly important to me.

I do not regret going down the apprenticeship route, because it has given me the flexibility to earn and learn and if I do choose to go to Uni, it is still available for me to do through the apprentice scheme. I would recommend this route to anyone who is like me: not sure on what they want to do and preferring to work than sit in a classroom. Doing an apprenticeship isn’t a second class route, it’s as good as going to university – it’s just a different option.


Apprenticeships: The Benefits

Not sure if an Apprenticeship is right for you? Check out these benefits!

Apprenticeships have continued to grow over recent years, as apprenticeships have grown so have the benefits.

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a salary and gain real, nationally recognised qualifications. Take a look at some of the other benefits below;

  • Paid holiday
  • A Salary (a study by notgoingtouni.com revealed that the average university graduate had a starting salary of £14,734, whilst those who had completed an apprenticeship on average had a starting salary of £18,463.)
  • The opportunity to develop skills
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship
  • 82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education

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