Darren case study

Read more about why Darren chose an apprenticeship

DarrenHow did you hear about your apprenticeship?

The opportunity came to me from working with C&K Careers, they helped with searching for apprenticeships that suited me, my learning styles and the roles that I wanted. I heard about it via email but there was also a website and the centres that I visited, which provided me with other apprenticeship roles I could have applied for.

When did you realise that an apprenticeship is what you wanted to do?

My preferred learning style is hands on (kinaesthetic) rather than sat in a class room or reading through a text book. My apprenticeship gives me that more hands on and work-related learning aspect, as well as giving me a taste at the working life whilst still progressing with my education.

Was it easy to get on your apprenticeship and what qualifications did you need?

My apprenticeship is working at C&K Careers in an administrative role dealing with both internal and external clients. The apprenticeship was as hard as I expected it to be. My apprenticeship required me to have 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths, which I had achieved. I applied online via email and had to produce a copy of my CV and opening letter. I then heard back via email and an interview was arranged the following week. During that interview a selection of questions were asked based on my personality and background then more work and scenario-related questions to find out more about what I would do in certain situations.

Did they give you training and if yes, what did the training involve? Did they give you enough support?

Yes, my training consists of fully in-house training given to me by my assessor on a monthly basis, this includes professional conversations about the work I’m doing, proof of work, worksheets and my assessor shadowing me during my day-to-day business.

Did you like your course? How helpful were your tutors?

The studying is done throughout my working day and my assessor and management is helping me study and providing me the right time to study, which is at my own pace, this works well as I don’t feel under pressure by my workload and I can continue to develop the work side of my apprenticeship just as much as my studying.

How did doing an apprenticeship affect your life?

My apprenticeship changed me in lots of different ways from my punctuality to my attitude both in and out of work. I’ve developed a lot of different skills since I started my apprenticeship and cannot wait to carry on progressing.

What advice would you give to other young people thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

I would definitely say go for it if it’s something you want to do and think you’d be interested in. You can gain a lot from an apprenticeship from general knowledge of things and the way the world works to developing yourself and your personality as a person.

What are your plans for the future?

Short term my careers plan is to stick at the current course and possibly advance up to level 3 and from there I don’t have a set out plan, just see where life takes itself.

Where do you see yourself in at the end of your apprenticeship?

I will most likely look to do my NVQ Level 3 as currently I am doing Level 2 to further develop my education and knowledge for the future.

Page updated March 2017

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