"I'm really pleased that all my work has paid off and I’ve received a job offer and have a permanent position at the Doctors' surgery. Over the past year I've gained plenty of knowledge with the help of Annette and at work. I’ve really enjoyed the past year working here, having Annette providing help and gaining my Level 2 apprenticeship. Thank you ."
“I started working at YH Training in 2015 as an apprentice in their accounts department. I was working towards my Level 3 in Accountancy and one year later, I completed the qualification and apprenticeship. I’ve now moved on to my Level 4 which I’m now over half way through.
I’m thoroughly enjoying my times working in the office and have made some great friends in the classroom too. I’m looking forward to completing my Level 4 and developing further in my career."
"I wanted to do an apprenticeship because I wanted future prospects rather than working in a dead end job that was not going to lead anywhere."
"I used to work in retail but a friend gave me some good feedback about YH Training Services, so I approached them for help finding an apprenticeship. It turned out the Hull centre was looking to recruit their own apprentice and in September 2016 I joined the team! Day to day I talk to customers, book exams and input learner information. I'm now working towards my Advanced apprenticeship."
"When I left college I was unsure of what I wanted to do and I didn't want to go to University for the sake of going, so instead of applying for University I decide to apply for apprenticeships and I'm happy with that decision."
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. Abbi supports the Policy and Research Manager. She looks after her calendar, making travel arrangements, preparing for meetings and offer other administrative support. She's nearly completed her intermediate apprenticeship.
"My apprenticeship was a stepping stone. It allowed me to get a qualification in the industry I knew I wanted to build a career in. At the same time, I was able to earn and support myself rather than be burdened by the debts associated with going to University! I’ve already got a better job as a result and I’ll continue to progress in this industry."
Jay joined Practical Networks in September 2013 after doing his A Levels. He knew he wanted to work in IT and thought about University, but everyone he knew seemed to drop out from IT courses. He was also living independently, so it was important for him to earn money and so an apprenticeship was the route for him. With a qualification now under his belt, he’s progressed to be an IT Helpdesk Engineer at the company.
"Working at Practical Networks and doing my apprenticeship is going to give me a qualification that will be a good start for my career and open the door to future opportunities."
Practical Networks is an award-winning IT services company, based in Scarborough, that was established in 2001. The company provides practical, hands-on IT support and services to customers across the UK and is a growing team of 12. Practical Networks understands the value that apprentices bring to their business success.
Daniel joined the business at the start of 2017 after spending his time working as an amateur musician. He offers helpdesk support to customers and spends time installing software on computers. He’s now 9 months into his advanced apprenticeship and already doing his Certified Microsoft exams.
"When I first started working at Gear4music I was straight out of school, the world of work was completely new to me and I was very quiet…but I’ve come on so much. I really enjoy what I do and get on well with everyone in the team. I’ve also now nearly completed my apprenticeship and know that once I’ve got my qualification then I’m going to be able to earn more money, which is great."
York-based Gear4music is a leading retailer of musical instruments and music equipment, with over 1.3 million companies registered globally. Apprentices are regularly recruited to train as technicians in the warehouse and Matt joined the business in October 2016 as an apprentice, working in the team that processes returned items. Two years later and he’s due to complete his apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.
"I’m working for our family business and we decided that an apprenticeship was the perfect way to learn from the grassroots up whilst also getting a qualification. I’m just starting out and already learning a lot!"
"I joined Mr Flyer two years ago and I’ve now very nearly completed my advanced apprenticeship in business administration. I’ve learnt a lot since I joined the business and am looking forward to contributing further to the success of Mr Flyer. It’s a fast-growing business and I enjoy the buzz of working with such a dynamic team."
"I’ve progressed so much since starting my apprenticeship last year after Sixth Form. I work with employers and learners at YH Training Services and it’s such a rewarding job…I love everything that I do as a part of it!
I’m now working towards my advanced apprenticeship and when I’ve completed that I’d really like to become Business Development Advisor for the Hull learning centre and continue to work alongside the amazing team that have helped me to grow so much."
"Before leaving school I knew I wanted to work for St Leger Homes and was so pleased to join the team as a Customer Service Advisor. Everything is new but I’m learning fast and know that my apprenticeship is going to help me gain the skills and experience that I need to progress and do well in life."
St Leger Homes provides housing services across Doncaster and manages 21,000 council homes. They aim to provide the highest levels of customer service. Mia-Jayne started working as an apprentice at St Leger Homes as soon as she left school. She works in a busy office, handling enquiries, dealing with customers and providing general support to the team.
"I enjoy working on the shop floor, dealing with customers and being a part of The Bed Shop team. I’ve learnt so much since I arrived and I’m now averaging £1300 sales a week. Moving into retail and doing an apprenticeship was the right move for me. I’ve soon going to have a qualification as well as lots of experience which is going to help me progress."
Liam started working at The Bed Shop in Pontefract because he wanted to try something completely different to what he had originally gone to college for. That was over a year ago and he’s now almost completed his retail apprenticeship.
Completing an apprenticeship and going about my regular work day during a national lockdown was certainly not something any of us could foresee, but when the challenge presented itself I knew it was nothing that I couldn't overcome.
Working from home wasn't plain sailing at first, but I knew just because I wasn't around my team didn't mean they weren't there to offer their support, and after a few adjustments to my workspace, I was back to regular work in no time!
I also had coursework to complete. Luckily I could use OneFile to add to my written work if needed, but I also had discussion pieces to complete, which would prove difficult working from home, therefore not being able to have my regular meetings with Sam. After some trial and error, we found that Teams worked best when recording discussions.
I wouldn't say working from home has been the easiest, but I feel that I have adapted well, and I certainly can't wait to get back to the office!
Before doing the business administration Level 3 course I didn’t know what I wanted to in the future and was nervous about doing an apprenticeship. But by doing this course it has opened so many doors for myself.
At this moment in time I work in recruitment which i love. This course has given me so much knowledge about the business which I didn’t know before hand. Knowledge like, legislation relating to my business, shareholders, health and safety in the workplace, how to address customers in the correct manor and so much more. The business administration course is so useful in any business and I can use it all through life. Everyone is so helpful and informative, my tutor is always their to help and pushes me to my best ability.