What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I had always thought about starting an apprenticeship once I completed my GCSEs, but it wasn’t until I had just begun my last year of A-levels that I was sure this was the route I wanted to take. I remember being sat in a lesson at sixth form whilst my peers discussed university choices and degrees. I had visited a few universities but didn’t feel like it was for me. I stumbled across an apprenticeship on the GOV apprenticeship site and knew straight away that this was the one for me. I immediately applied, invited to an interview and offered the role.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
Being an apprentice for Ofsted comes with a range of responsibilities; providing inspectors with access to their online training, updating personal learning records for inspectors, hosting webinars, providing IT support, writing eLearning packages, occasionally supporting colleagues at conferences for the inspectors and many more.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
To pick one thing in particular that I have enjoyed most about my apprenticeship is tricky as there are so many to choose from! Apart from being able to gain a Functional Skills qualification in IT, and soon my Business Administration Level 2 qualification, I have also been very fortunate in the variety of development opportunities and experiences my team and other colleagues have given me. These include supporting the ‘All Staff Conference’ in January, assertiveness training, grammar at work training, a team away day, supporting colleagues at conferences, and attending two ‘Education Directorate’ away days. All of these opportunities have allowed me to become more confident within myself and role. I have gained and developed a variety of skills and the ability to work both independently and interdependently.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
Being awarded ‘Apprentice of the Month’ by Damar has to be the highlight of my apprenticeship journey so far. I was nominated by my trainer and chosen out of thousands of other apprentices for this award. This has proved to me that hard work pays off. It has also helped to keep me motivated for my Business Administration Level 3 qualification which I will be starting shortly.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
If anyone is unsure on their choice of career, or whether an apprenticeship is right for them, I would definitely suggest considering it as an option. Apprenticeships allow you to continue your education, gain qualifications, build on existing life skills whilst acquiring new ones, all whilst receiving the valuable experience of the working world, which will undoubtedly be useful whatever the choice of career. Choosing to undertake an apprenticeship was the best possible decision I could have made for my future, and I am really excited to continue both my personal and career development with Ofsted.