The Ins and Outs of a Business Apprenticeship! – by Emmie Bradley
I have been an apprentice since September 2021. This has been a very eye-opening experience and I have learnt so much. It has solidified my ambition to go into the law sector.
The qualification I am doing is Business and Administration Level 3; it’s an 18-month long course which I am due to complete around March 2023. I believe an apprenticeship is an amazing thing to do due to the fact you get experience and qualifications at the same time, which is why after completion of this course I would like to do a degree apprenticeship.
You gain basic skills and experience that employers will look for that someone who went to college or university may not have gained from short work experience placements.
It all depends on you and how you think you work best. Some people find the social aspect and support from an educational environment helpful when they are doing qualifications, on the other hand, some people such as myself find a practical workplace environment is where they thrive. If you or your children have ever thought that college isn’t for them/you then an apprenticeship is most definitely a great thing to consider.
I attend Telford College every Wednesday afternoon for a study class, which means I have a teacher on hand to help with anything I am struggling with.
Any work that I do during the time I am studying in and out of college counts towards my qualification. This includes my portfolio (thoroughly explaining where I work and all the work tasks I am doing that will count towards my apprenticeship), a grading table that I will use to support me in my end interview saying how I have met all the criteria, keeping my off the job log up to date (20% of my time should be dedicated to training, college work and things relating to my apprenticeship), project plan (another part of the apprenticeship is to do a project that will have a positive impact on the workplace), knowledge revision (it is vital to have up to date knowledge for the knowledge test at the end of the apprenticeship) and much more!
I have an assigned assessor from Telford college who gives me everything I need to be doing and everything I need to know; we meet to review my progress and then have an action plan that I will complete to ensure I keep up to date and not fall behind with my work. I also have my mentor at Hatchers who supports me in the workplace and meets with my assessor from college to make sure everything is correct and that I am progressing as I should be. Hatchers have been very supportive with my apprenticeship and have ensured I have been given training for my off the job log, daily tasks that count towards my portfolio and criteria, and giving me time for my college work to be completed.
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