Making decisions about your future is stressful. Everyone seems to have a different opinion, and it can be tempting to just follow the people closest to you. That could be a big mistake though, because your individual future isn’t "one-size-fits-all".
I sat down with our apprentice, Beth Thorley to get her take on our apprentice program.
If you’re motivated, sociable, ambitious and hardworking, or alternatively looking for someone like this for your business, you’ll want to consider this.
Beth, hello! You’re now working towards your level 2 business admin qualification with Rathbone/Intraining, but 7 months ago you were just starting your apprenticeship.
What drew you to an apprenticeship?
Doing an apprenticeship has lots of benefits, my main reason for wanting to do an apprenticeship was because of skills I would gain from being in a working environment and the opportunity to work towards a qualification.
After considering going to University, I decided that doing an apprenticeship would be more beneficial to myself as I would be able to earn a wage and still have the opportunity to gain a good qualification.
What drew you to doing a business admin qualification with Intraining over another apprenticeship position?
I have always had a strong interest in business growing up with parents who started their own business, throughout school I had always shown a passion for the subject and this was an easy decision to continue my studies in this field. When the opportunity became available to work with Rathbone I knew it was a role that I would enjoy and be able to make my own.
Not only is the job rewarding as we are able to help place candidates into apprenticeship roles, it is also something I really believe in and want to be able to promote. There are never two days that are the same. I am always able to complete different tasks whilst developing my learning, which a huge benefit to doing an apprenticeship is.
Did you have any reservations about joining Intraining?
As this was my first full time role I had reservations about the working environment and if this was something I would be able to do. After my first few weeks within the role, I knew that it was the right decision for myself and all my worries and reservations were nothing to think about. I have had continued support throughout the business and been able to fit in well with Rathbone and Intraining.
Beth, would you say you felt there was a stigma that you’d need a degree to succeed. What do you think now?
Definitely during school there was a stigma. We were always pushed towards that route and never had information about apprenticeships. However, now I am doing my apprenticeship and have friends at University I still believe I chose the right route as I am getting valuable work experience as well as life skills whilst being able to get a good wage. Apprenticeships are definitely a route that should be promoted more as there any many aspects that are beneficial.
What were your first impressions of Intraining?
My first impressions of Rathbone and Intraining were great, everyone within the team were very welcoming and helpful. Since I have developed through my apprenticeship, I have been able to great some great relationships with colleagues and had the opportunity to learn and develop thanks to the help of everyone from Rathbone and Intraining. Without the supportive team I have around me I definitely wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have and my experience wouldn’t have been as enjoyable.
What are your ambitions moving forwards?
Moving forward I am looking to further my development and continue my studies doing Level 4 Business, I am hoping to build a successful career within the business and start a full time role.
The contact centre staff and wider team obviously ranks pretty highly of you – as we’d expect!
What else do you love about Intraining?
Working with Rathbone and Intraining has lots of good qualities but the main thing I love is the environment. Everyone within the team has a great relationship and always go that extra mile to make me feel comfortable and offer extra support and guidance whenever needed.
What would you say to other people who are considering an apprenticeship?
I would definitely recommend apprenticeships to people who are unsure about what they want to do. There are so many different apprenticeships available that offer new routes that University don’t offer. They are a great way to learn new skills and you can find a role that you can really make your own and potentially start a successful career within a business. It is an opportunity to learn whilst getting paid and get used to the working world whilst gaining a good qualification that employers look for.
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