The best thing about my apprenticeship is being able to take control of my learning and suggest skills and work experience that I believe will better me with my career
I would advise anyone thinking of an apprenticeship to go for it. You earn decent money whilst gaining an NVQ which in turn will give you the opportunity to gain full time employment within the council or elsewhere
I was unsure about whether I should undertake further education or employment, what route to take, I figured the best thing for me to do was go for an apprenticeship which would allow me to do both.
I got a health and social care qualification while I did the apprenticeship, but it was on the job experience that got me the job I have now
I knew there weren’t many women in engineering but that didn’t bother me one bit. I didn’t give it any thought when I was applying and I haven’t noticed any difference now that I’m on site.
It wasn’t easy at first - working again after a while out of work was hard and I was nervous to meet so many people. Once I got in to the kitchen that all changed. I’m 40 now and really proud of where I am. Was the apprenticeship worth it? Absolutely.
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