As it is National Apprenticeship Week, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce you to the excellent apprentices here at the heart of Kent County Council’s Skills and Employability team. Find out from them how their experience dispelled common misconceptions about apprenticeships and provided them with the skills and opportunities to excel in the workplace - This is Craig's story!
What made you want to do an apprenticeship?
I originally planned to go straight to university after school. I was completely unaware you could do higher apprenticeships which meant the next step up from A Level education, which was the main reason I applied for an apprenticeship.
What were your biggest worries before starting your apprenticeship?
The biggest worry was that I would not fit into the team, yet I was soon proven wrong. On my first day everyone was very welcoming and friendly, and my line manager at the time went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable and enjoying the experience.
Did anything surprise you about your apprenticeship (did you have any misconceptions)?
Being very naïve about apprenticeships, I believed that I would be given the boring jobs that nobody else in the team wanted to complete, simply because I was “the apprentice.” Yet again, I was proven wrong. Since joining I have had my own projects to lead on: I have created an apprenticeship programme to roll out in schools and colleges, given speeches in front of huge crowds including business and council leaders at important conferences, became a STEM ambassador and continue to support the team when and wherever I can. An apprenticeship is a productive and valuable job role.
What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
Every day is different and offers variety. You truly do get to “learn on the job” as the popular apprenticeship slogan suggests. - In what ways do you feel like you have benefited from your apprenticeship? I have become very independent in my work and study, which has crossed over to other parts of my life. I have definitely developed professionally and personally, in terms of how independent I now am.
In what ways do you feel that your apprenticeship has benefited you most?
I have become very independent in my work and study, which has crossed over to other parts of my life. I have definitely developed professionally and personally, in terms of how independent I now am.
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