national apprenticeship week 2017

When I first left school, I was unsure as to what I wanted to do next and like many people, I fell into higher education. After a couple of months, I decided that this was not the path I wanted to be on and most importantly, it was not something I felt would benefit me in the future.

I had never considered an apprenticeship nor had I looked into them in much depth. Going straight from education into full time employment was a daunting thought and not something that I ever imagined could be ‘fun’ or ‘enjoyable’.

I began to search online for apprenticeship openings in the local area and this is when I first realised that maybe this was something that could benefit me and I would enjoy.  This is when I found R13 and applied for the ‘Recruitment Administrator Apprentice’ vacancy I could see they were advertising.

I went for two interviews and thankfully got the job in February 2016! After a year of being employed at R13 and carrying out my apprenticeship, I cannot recommend this career path enough. The opportunity to gain a qualification and integral workplace experience whilst earning a salary is an extremely attractive incentive.

Whilst you have a set workload to complete to deadlines, the experience is very dissimilar to being at school. Your designated assessor will do all that they can to ensure your learning experience is effective, engaging and most importantly enjoyable through conducting regular work based visits and continually keeping in touch.

I would highly recommend apprenticeships to anybody looking for an alternative to higher education, the opportunity to gain integral experience and a qualification in something they enjoy. Apprenticeships are a great way to get your foot in the door and to grow and develop within a company.

If you are considering an apprenticeship, why not find out more on the website: