National Apprenticeship Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and Monmouthshire is marking the occasion by talking to members of staff who started with us as apprentices.
When did you start your apprenticeship?
I started my apprenticeship in Monmouthshire in July 2014 – Initially on Jobs Growth Wales as an Administration apprentice.
Why did you become an apprentice?
I decided to become an apprentice because I was keen to gain some actual working experience rather than continuing full time education, so an apprenticeship seemed the obvious option.
How did your apprenticeship benefit you?
My apprenticeship benefited me as it provided a job opportunity where there probably wouldn’t have been one otherwise, but the main benefit was that it was allowing me to gain experience.
Where are you now?
Currently l work as an Administrator for the Youth Enterprise Team and on the ESF funded Inspire Projects
Best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is the variety of the role. The youth enterprise team run a lot of different projects and work with other departments/external agencies, it’s nice to be involved with so many different areas of the team.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
5 years time is a long way off, but next steps for me will be to finish my current qualification before looking to move onto something else. Strangely, I enjoy the financial aspects of my job most, so I’d like to move in that direction.
What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?
To anyone thinking of becoming an apprentice, l would say ‘Do it!’. If you can find the right organisation to work for, and the right qualification, it can be very rewarding.
Our other Case Studies
Take a look at how we've helped other businesses in Monmouthshire.