During sixth form I was achieving good grades and knew I was going to complete my A levels with great results. It was then everyone started talking about “what is next?”. But whilst you’re in sixth form there is so much pressure from teachers to go to University. Despite this, I knew I wanted to go straight out into the working world and gain experience.
I spoke to my teachers about other opportunities for me rather than going to university. There were several areas to go when leaving school such as completing a college course, going straight into a full time job, or get an apprenticeship. I chose to become an apprentice and am thrilled with how it has turned out. Being an apprentice means I am earning and learning at the same time.
Apprenticeship courses are based around the role or area of the business you work in; I am currently completing my Administration Apprenticeship within Swanstaff Recruitment. This company has made my apprenticeship interesting and fun. It has given me the opportunity to learn so much about businesses and how they run.
An apprenticeship involves completing coursework and training with regular visits from a tutor to help marking your work and discussing your progress. I really enjoy my apprenticeship and I feel like it has really helped me get a “foot in the door” as people say.
I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who is looking to get straight into work but wants to continue learning at the same time!
Written by Sian Goldfinch Reception Apprentice at Swanstaff Recruitment