I’m Callum and I’m an apprentice at hns signs doing a Level 3 NVQ in Business Admin. As it’s apprenticeship week I thought it might be a good idea for me to write a blog about my experiences and feelings towards apprenticeships.
Lets start with how I got here. After I had finished high school I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I decided to stay on and started my A-levels as that seemed like the next logical step. About half way through the first year I realised that I did not want to be there, I had never really wanted to go to university anyway and that is what the A-levels try and build you up to. I took business studies as one of my options and really enjoyed the subject so, once I had decided to leave I knew that was something I wanted to try and further. I had heard about apprenticeships before but I did not fully understand them, so I approached Walsall college to discuss apprenticeships. I liked the idea of learning whilst working for a company so I applied for an opportunity here, came for the interview and started just a few weeks later.
I have found the apprenticeship to be more beneficial than A-levels and university for me. A-levels and university both tend to focus heavily on the theory behind a given subject, without actually being able to apply the work that you are studying whereas an apprenticeship is a good balance between practical and theory. The practical side is more dominant as you do most of your learning whilst doing your day-job, it helps you understand what you are learning because you are applying it right away.
Another good benefit is that you don’t just get your qualification at the end of it, but you will also have had a lot of on-the-job experience which can help put you above those who haven’t when competing for other roles in the future. It also gives you an insight into the working world which other types of formal education will not be able to give you.