Guest Blogger, Naila Bibi, Ambassador and national award winner, tells us her Top 5 reasons why apprenticeships have made a big difference to her career.
Naila works at Aspire Housing as a HR Apprentice and is an Ambassador for the Asian Apprentice Awards following her 'Apprentice of the Year' win in 2017. She says: "There are so many benefits to being an apprentice, I think it's important for young people to hear it from an apprentice who has experienced it first hand."
Top 5 reasons why apprenticeships have developed my career.
1. Earn whilst you learn
This for me is a major advantage. You can earn a really decent wage being an apprentice, whilst many of your friends are still in college or having part time work. On a full time apprenticeship you can take home over £592 a month which is great if you are saving for driving lessons, a car or holiday.
2. Meeting new people
It's great to meet new people all the time and it develops your confidence and improves your telephone manner.
3. Entering the world of work
Being an apprentice helps you to see what the world of work is like and you gain experience coming across different situations. You may be asked to do tasks that you need help with but it's great to sometimes be out of your comfort zone as you learn and progress all the time.
"After hearing about PM Training on the radio I thought I would give them a go as I wanted to go down the apprenticeship route after finishing school. I gained an apprenticeship with Aspire Housing and I am now completing my Level 2 Business Administration also working towards my Level 2 Customer Service. The company has also extended my contract meaning I can now do an Advanced Level 3 apprenticeship in Business Administration."
4. Being one step ahead
At the end of your apprenticeship when you do start to apply for jobs, the experience will really work in your favour. Employers want people who have knowledge of the job and who have experience. Your CV will flourish and can set you apart from other college students.
5. Pick and choose your industry
Having the benefit of being able to pick which industry you want to be in is a massive perk. You actually get to be part of a team you have an interest in. When I joined PM Training, I got a work trial and made sure the role was the one for me before starting the apprenticeship - you don't get that opportunity when going into a normal job.
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