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.