To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), we spoke to our Reception Apprentice, Jenni, who has been working here with us since September 2016, whilst completing Level 2 Business Administration at City College.
Apprenticeships allow students to receive work based learning, giving them the opportunity to earn a wage and develop their skills with hands on experience throughout their studies. This year’s NAW is the tenth week of its kind and aims to bring together employers and apprentices across England to celebrate the overall success of apprenticeships over the last last ten years and encourage others to choose them as a proven fast-track to starting a career.
As our Reception Apprentice, Jenni handles our day to day operations administration, including sorting post and photocopying, as well as answering telephone enquiries, manning reception and assisting with events set ups and delivery. Since starting her role, she has also begun regularly stewarding at additional evening and weekend events and learning barista skills in our in-house coffee shop.
I chose to do an apprenticeship because I know that you earn while you learn and I felt that was the best thing for me to do. After being at college for 4 years already I knew that it was time for me to move on and get in to employment and this is definitely the easiest and best way for me to do that. I also feel that I can thrive more now I’m undergoing an apprenticeship.
The best thing about being an apprentice is learning while you’re working and getting to know all the different customers who come in. I love that I get to help in all the different types of areas we have in the work place here.
I balance my college life and work life well because I go to college one day a week and work for the other four, so all in all it’s a good system. I can also take time at work to complete college work if I need to and have an advisor who comes in to regularly check how I'm doing.
The most valuable thing that I have learnt whilst working at Central Hall is the no matter what your skills and strengths are, you always have people around you that will help you to achieve your goals in the work place and outside of work.
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