Before I began my apprenticeship at CHP, I studied a Level 3 Business BTEC Extended Diploma in Marketing. Although I did well in the course, achieving a triple distinction star at the end, university wasn’t an option I had considered seriously. I was very concerned about the high fees and amount of debt a three year university course would leave me with.
I first heard about apprenticeships when I was at school, as I had been looking at different trade careers, so once I came to the end of my college course, I had already began my search for an apprenticeship. Although there are a lot of apprenticeships on offer, I found it hard to find one that also paid a living wage.
I’m now studying a fifteen month long Level 3 Digital Marketing Qualification. I attend college once a month, and work the rest of the time. My qualification is comprised of both exams and coursework, with homework assessed by our lecturer during her monthly visits. At the end of my apprenticeship, I will undergo an interview with an assessor from the training provider, who will test my understanding of digital marketing.
Despite being an apprentice, I’m treated exactly the same as any other member of staff and I’m really enjoying my time working at CHP. No two weeks are the same, and I learn something new every day. Already I’ve grown in confidence and learnt skills I feel I can use throughout my own career. It’s not just an office job: I’m always moving, meeting new people and visiting properties, which I relish.
I have friends also on apprenticeships, and they’ve had varied experiences. One worked as an apprentice in a small company, but found herself tasked with duties outside her remit. Fortunately her college intervened and managed to transfer her to a different employer, but I feel very fortunate working at CHP. Already during my time here I’ve looked at my career development and identified several training courses that will help further my skills.
My advice to anyone thinking of applying for an apprenticeship would be to go for it. The opportunities, staff and residents are all great, and there hasn’t been a single minute of my time at CHP that I haven’t enjoyed. In the future, I’d like to secure a full time position at CHP focusing on social media.