Dan Mansell, aged 19 from Bucknall, is a full-time apprentice within the IT team at Aspire Housing.

He is working towards a Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration. 

"I toyed with the idea of doing an apprenticeship after I left school as this was the route a family member had taken and thought it could be a viable option for me.

I decided to attend college first and once I'd completed my college education, I pursued the idea of an apprenticeship so I could gain experience in the workplace.

Through PM Training I opted for a two-year Business Administration apprenticeship focusing on IT, as this has always been an interest of mine. I have now been doing my apprenticeship for eight months and it has allowed me to evolve my previous skillset and adapt to new technologies.

My advice would be to definitely think about doing an apprenticeship – and be prepared to give it your all.

Being an apprentice within the IT team is great fun – everyone is welcoming and it is a nice place to work. As part of my apprenticeship I meet with my assessor every month to go through the different units of my NVQ, and for the practical elements, I'm placed on the Help Desk as the first port of call in aiding staff with any IT issues they're facing.

I ensure that everyone gets the help they need, the correct procedures are adhered to, and stay up-to-date with any developments in policy. By learning all of the background to what an IT team does, I've helped to make other departments' jobs easier, which is a great feeling.

Once my apprenticeship is complete, I hope to continue with a career in IT as it is my passion and there is always something new to learn.

If you are leaving school this summer and are considering what to do next, my advice would be to definitely think about doing an apprenticeship – and be prepared to give it your all."

If you'd like to follow in the footsteps of Dan, why not book to attend our next open day or apply for our pre-apprenticeship Officeworks programme - we'll get you work ready in no time.

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