Home schooled | Graduate, Rose inspires others to see the value of applying for Apprenticeships

Case Studies

After graduating university in 2019, I was unsure of what direction to take for my career. Having been formerly homeschooled and with little job experience I felt that I lacked the skills needed to be successful in any long term career and felt that my lack of experience would make it difficult to gain entry into any career pathway.

I worked in retail for the next year and a half as I needed income, but had no real plan of what to do with my future. I was struggling to make a career from my degree in Illustration as I was lacking in confidence, and felt that I had no real viable career prospects.

A friend suggested apprenticeships to me as a way of gaining entry into a career pathway without necessarily having much experience. I was doubtful as I felt that at 30 years old I was outside of the age bracket apprenticeships were created for. However, after doing some research I began to see how an apprenticeship could be a really valuable way of starting a career in business even with my circumstances. I was really interested in the opportunity to grow my knowledge and skills in a professional setting under guidance while still working and earning.

I began applying to several apprenticeships for business administration, and was soon offered an interview with Achievement Training. During the interview I felt very at ease, and could envision myself working there easily.

Soon after my interview I was offered a trial shift and was offered the job on the same day. I was really excited as this was the apprenticeship I had been hoping to get ever since I saw the advertisement. Shortly afterwards I joined the Business and Marketing department as a Level 3 business administration apprentice.

I have been working at Achievement Training for six months now and during this time I feel that I have really grown. My line manager Tracy supports me through all my responsibilities and helps me to develop my understanding of my role while providing me with opportunities to improve and keep learning. I have been able to continually grow in my abilities and confidence under her guidance.

I would highly recommend apprenticeships to anybody who may be looking for a new start to their career. My apprenticeship has given me the perfect opportunity to begin my career in business, and by the time my apprenticeship is completed I feel confident that the knowledge and skills I have developed will serve as a springboard to help me move into a successful profession.