18 Jul, 2014
Hello, my name is Emily and I was asked to put together a piece of writing to tell you about my journey as an apprentice.
I am currently in an apprenticeship placement with ISO Quality Services Limited; I am just over ten months into an eighteen month placement, completing an NVQ Level 2 in Sales and Marketing through Worcester College of Technology.
To begin with, my journey started out to be overwhelming and a complete change of scenery, as prior to this role I had previously been working at a kennels in Bewdley. It was a new challenge and took me time to adjust as a new starter, however I now feel very much part of the team, have settled into my role well and am enjoying my placement.
Since starting with the company and working with my new team, I have acquired and developed my skill set. I have also been able to learn a lot about myself and the way I communicate with others. I have attended networking events all over the West Midlands which has built up my confidence and helped me to develop my knowledge about the company and the market of ISO Certification. Being able to attend the Assertive and Confidence in the Workplace training course held by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce earlier this year, really helped with developing my character.
As part of my role I provide administrative support for the New Business department. I have never really had to manage my time in any previous roles and I have improved greatly since starting at ISO Quality Services Limited.
So far I have passed my first three exams with high percentages which I am really pleased with. I am starting to build up my Portfolio on Onefile which is a computer based system I am using to gather all my evidence and complete assessments for my NVQ.
This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to learn new skills, develop my professional career and attend training courses, that have in turn helped progress my role. I wish I had decided to complete an apprenticeship sooner, as it’s a great way to further your education whilst earning in the process.
Thanks for reading and I hope it has inspired a few of you out there. For more information on apprenticeships, why not contact your local college or local enterprise?
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