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 Louis' story!
What made you want to do an apprenticeship?
The idea that you can learn and earn money was really appealing; I didn’t really have any professional skills so an apprenticeship seemed like a great route to go down to develop my skills in the workplace.
Were you considering any other options before becoming an apprentice? If yes, what made your mind up?
Yes, I almost went to university twice before even considering an apprenticeship. I spoke to a cousin who works in marketing and he said whilst a degree may benefit me, so would the work experience - so I just went out and looked for an apprenticeship and got on the job ladder.
What were your biggest worries before starting your apprenticeship?
I didn’t really have any concerns other than just a bit of first day nerves but I had nothing to worry about as everyone was great and very welcoming.
Did anything surprise you about your apprenticeship - did you have any misconceptions?
I was surprised with the level of trust given. It is just like a normal job and it is your responsibility to get the job done. Obviously, you are supported by your line-manager but you aren’t treated any differently because you’re an apprentice which is really great.
What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I love the variety of tasks I get to do. Being a digital marketing apprentice, I help support the various websites, I am responsible for social media and I get to use and develop my graphic design skills. But it’s also great to provide support to young people who are interested in apprenticeships, as I can talk about my own experiences and hopefully help them make the right decision for them.
In what ways do you feel like you have benefited from your apprenticeship?
I have really grown in confidence and I have worked on a variety of different projects over the years. I would 100% say go for an apprenticeship if you are looking to improve your CV, get experience, a qualification AND a real wage. There are no negatives.
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