The main appeal for apprenticeships, in my opinion, is the future prospects. I’ve always looked at apprenticeships as a way to get your foot in the door of your chosen industry. This was definitely the case for Sam. Sam is living proof of how far an ITEC apprenticeship can take you.
When Sam left school, she began studying Travel and Tourism at college. After only a few months she decided it was not the route for her. To pacify her mother she began the search for an apprenticeship. While at college, Sam was working at a local children’s soft play centre on evenings and weekends. Due to a lack of progression in this industry, Sam’s mother wanted her to pursue an apprenticeship. She wanted her to get a “proper job”. In February 2005 she enrolled at ITEC North East and began the search for her dream job. Within the first couple of weeks at ITEC, she had three interviews with different employers. She began her level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship in March. Midway through her apprenticeship, she decided to leave her placement and she didn’t feel like it was the right opportunity for her. Not long after, she secured herself a new placement at Specsavers in Bishop Auckland. She completed her Apprenticeship with flying colours but declined the offer of a full-time position with Specsavers.
Although Sam was still working part-time at the children’s soft play centre she was still actively looking for further improvement. Specifically, a job role that would use the knowledge and skills she had gained whilst on her Apprenticeship. Fortunately, a full-time receptionist position became available at ITEC. Sam applied for the position, was successful and began her Level 3 Business Administration qualification for continuous improvement. Fast forward 12 years and Sam has achieved a number of qualifications during this time including Functional Skills and IT for Users. Sam has progressed well within the company and is now the Funding and Administration Manager here at ITEC North East. When I asked Sam to describe her experience as an apprentice she said “Having a couple of different placements, helped me realise what type of career I was looking for. It gave me a great base to build my skills and a good understanding of what working life would be”.
If you would like to secure yourself a future like Sams, please visit http://www.itecne.co.uk/vacancies/.