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What is it like to be an Apprentice?

Here is the very first blog written by our lovely team member Zoe. Well Done Zoe! We are very proud to be supporting Zoe in her Apprenticeship.

What is is like to be an Apprentice?

Someone asked me last week, do you think you made the right choice going down the Apprenticeship route rather than University? My answer was yes.

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget”- Alfred Mercier

This quote is so true! We all learn in different ways. If we actually want to learn, and enjoy it, we will then understand and remember it more easily. I prefer to learn by physically doing a task, whereas some people would rather write, read or listen/think to learn. How do you prefer to learn?

When I was at school I couldn’t wait to get out into the big wide world and earn money for myself. I hated sitting in a classroom having to concentrate and being made to learn. I wanted to get a feel of a Business and Administration environment to see if it was right for me, so I applied for an Apprenticeship.

"Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world" - Samuel Butler

This quote is wonderful! It sums up what I felt when I left school. I wanted to learn in doing and get out there in the world!

So here I am now employed by Transire and completing my Business Administration Level 3 Apprenticeship alongside.

What is it like to be an Apprentice?

As an Apprentice I am able to learn constantly whilst earning money! I develop skills and knowledge in the working environment.

When I work on my Apprenticeship I always have the next goal to work towards which gives me motivation. Every time I sign off a unit or pass an exam, which goes towards my NVQ, I want to learn and succeed more. Completing an Apprenticeship gives me a sense of achievement. It makes me strive for that next challenge. Without that goal there is nothing to work towards or a reason to progress!

Being an Apprentice has helped with my time management. I have to prioritise tasks and make sure I am prepared for the assessor’s visit once a month, without getting behind in tasks at work. I always try and look ahead so I can be as prepared as possible. I am then able to keep a track of deadlines and goals.

Here at Transire we track our time using Harvest. This gives me a good idea of where my time is going. I can then organise and review how much time I should be spending and am spending on tasks.

A lot of people wonder, how much time should you spend on your NVQ whilst at work?

Whenever you can! The more you mix both your NVQ and work together the more you will learn.

I’m finding ‘to do’ lists really useful at the moment. I can then visually see what I need to complete that week. It is easier to work out when to fit in the NVQ with the tasks lined up. Whilst completing a task for a client I write notes, this then becomes evidence for my NVQ, which only takes 5 minutes.

How do you switch off whilst at work to do your NVQ?

There are times at work when you need to sit down and focus on your NVQ. It may be a unit you’re working towards or an exam that is coming up. This won’t be that often. Your employers should understand this. What I do is block time off in the diary and let your managers or colleagues know. That way there is no confusion and you can really focus.

Being an Apprentice is all about progressing in the world without being surrounded with books.

Are you thinking of taking on an Apprentice? Or are you thinking of applying for an Apprenticeship?

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