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Practicing what we preach: Our own apprentices

Hear from Kyle Peers, our very own Functional Skills Coordinator here at VTCT who we’re proud to have on board following the successful completion of his Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship.

Which Apprenticeship standard are you doing?

The apprenticeship standard that I completed was Level 3 Business Administration.

What is the most rewarding part of your Apprenticeship?

The most rewarding part of my apprenticeship when I was told that I had passed my EPA and had completed my apprenticeship. A close second was definitely when I managed to meet my off the job hours that I needed to help towards completing the apprenticeship.

Was the Apprenticeship what you expected?

When I became an apprentice, I expected it to be me going into a workplace and using the knowledge of other people to gain experience of the business and the sector they work in. I also knew there would be a lot of work outside of the business to complete and this would be the coursework aspect of the apprenticeship. Having regular meetings with my assessor definitely made this process a lot easier, as they had a good knowledge of the standard and helped me when I was unsure. The apprenticeship went mainly how I expected but there were a couple of things that I did not expect.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I knew I didn’t want to go to University but also knew I wanted to further my knowledge. Apprenticeships made sense to me as it gave me a job that meant I could get work experience and it allowed me to continue learning.

If someone was thinking about taking Apprenticeship, what advice would you give them?

My advice to someone who is thinking about completing an apprenticeship is to go for it, it has helped me so much in many aspects of my career and my life. Before my apprenticeship I hated send or receiving phone calls and would always be anxious meeting new people. Since completing my apprenticeship these things have changed a lot as you learn a lot of people skills along the way making it easier to connect and speak to new people in both work and personal life.