national apprenticeship week: meet our apprentices

posted on February 2021 by gap personnel group

W1siziisijiwmjevmdivmdgvmtavnduvndqvotuwzta0mjqtnznizi00ymzhlthjnjatodrmnzjhmme0zdk3l0nhchr1cmuuslbhil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilci4mdb4ndywiyjdxq

We're celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by sharing what some of our apprentices have to say about going down the apprenticeship route. 

 

Emilia Leach - Payroll Administrator and Resourcer

What apprenticeship are you studying and when are you due to finish it?

I started my apprenticeship at the same time I joined gap, a week after my 18th birthday in August 2018. I began studying Business and Admin Level 2 and I completed this in roughly August 2019. I then began my Level 3 Business Admin apprenticeship which I am due to complete in April 2021.

What skills did you learn from your apprenticeship?

A few skills I learnt throughout the course were: problem-solving, teamwork and resilience. 

What did you love most about your apprenticeship?

I love that I can still get qualifications whilst in a job, which could then progress and develop me further in my career. 

What advice would you give to somebody who is considering going down the apprenticeship route? 

It is a perfect opportunity if you are wanting extra qualifications whilst gaining experience in the working world as well as earning your own money. It helped me transition from just completing my A-Levels at school, to a workplace environment as education was still involved. I would definitely recommend if you are wanting to start working full-time as it is a great way to get your foot in the door.

 

Jessica Middleton - Adminstrator 

What apprenticeship are you studying and when are you due to finish it?

I studied Level 2 Business Admin and now I am studying level 3. I am not an apprentice anymore as I finished my Level 2 last December. I should finish my Level 3 by mid 2022!

What skills did you learn from your apprenticeship?

I learnt a lot from my apprenticeship, including key skills like being organised and learning how to communicate effectively with my colleagues and clients. The main one I would say would be maths! I’ve always been terrible at maths but threw myself in the deep end as I was doing the branches weekly payroll!

What did you love most about your apprenticeship?

What I loved most about my apprenticeship was being able to work with the team and learn at the same time. Gaining practical experience and having Toma, Neal and Sammy there to support me has been amazing.

What advice would you give to somebody who is considering going down the apprenticeship route? 

Do it! It can be really daunting at first going into a role where you have little to no experience and throwing yourself in, but it is 100% worth it! Implementing what you're learning and seeing what you are learning really supports you on your way too.

 

Annie Wootton - Marketing Assistant

What apprenticeship are you studying and when are you due to finish it?

I started my career at gap studying a Level 3 in Digital Marketing which I completed in the summer of 2019. By some miracle the team decided they wanted me to stay and now I am currently studying a Level 4 in Digital Marketing which I am due to finish mid 2022!

What skills did you learn from your apprenticeship?

My apprenticeship has taught me many skills such as communication, organisation and learning to work with social platforms along with design work. Its also taught me how to work and thrive in a professional work place which I believe is a great skill to attain.

What did you love most about your apprenticeship?

I absolutely loved my Level 3 and the Level 4 I am doing now, not only because I got to learn on the job, but also because I have been able to grow with such an amazing team of people who have helped me develop in my career.  

What advice would you give to somebody who is considering going down the apprenticeship route? 

Definitely consider an apprenticeship as an option. I had no clue what I wanted to do when I finished sixth form which was a daunting feeling for an 18 year old. Discovering this apprenticeship was the best decision I ever made! The skills you learn from apprenticeships are so valuable and set you up for life.

 

Rebecca Clowes - Payroll Administrator

What apprenticeship are you studying and when are you due to finish it?

I studied a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship and completed it in January 2020.

What skills did you learn from your apprenticeship?

During my apprenticeship I learnt many valuable skills that I am able to use in everyday working life, such as communicating effectively, organisational skills and IT Skills.

What did you love most about your apprenticeship?

I loved that during my apprenticeship I was able to work as part of a team and was able to learn new skills in a real working environment, whilst gaining experience and growing my confidence.  

What advice would you give to somebody who is considering going down the apprenticeship route? 

I would advise someone who is considering going down the apprenticeship route to look at your options, you definitely don’t have to go to University to kickstart your career. Apprenticeships allow you to gain a qualification whilst gaining valuable experience, rather than just working towards your qualification just in a classroom. Also, they allow you to apply the skills you have learnt into every day work, whilst earning a fair wage too.

 

Macy Jones - Apprentice Administrator

What apprenticeship are you studying and when are you due to finish it?

I am studying Business administration at the moment. I was due to qualify in November however that wasn’t the case as due to covid 19 I have been unable to sit my exams in college. Once we are out of lockdown I am hoping to get them done and I will then be qualified.

What skills did you learn from your apprenticeship?

I have improved in my confidence when speaking to people whether that be over the phone or face to face. I have learnt the different information management for example where to save different documents etc. Also I have improved on my customer service and how to deal with different situations In the office and over the phone.

What did you love most about your apprenticeship?

What I loved most about doing my apprenticeship would have to be meeting and communicating with lots of new people. Also learning different things every day. I definitely feel a lot more confident using my computer, answering the phone and dealing with customers each day.

What advice would you give to somebody who is considering going down the apprenticeship route? 

The advice that I would give to somebody considering an apprenticeship would be ‘do it’ you will learn lots of new skills and talents that maybe you didn’t know was out there. I would suggest going towards the apprenticeship side of things as it gives you a look into the real world. It will also get you used to a working environment.