Ross Bowskill studied a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration at Ashfield District Council and has managed to secure a position at the council to continue on, this time studying Level 3. Ross hopes his apprenticeship will stand him in good stead to one day follow his career ambitions and become a manager in IT.
Here Ross gives us an insight into what it’s like studying business administration at Ashfield District Council and how his apprenticeship has helped to improve his skills.
What apprenticeship course did you study?
Level 2 Business Administration.
Why did you decide on an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship because it allowed me to start earning money as well as continuing to learn. I also felt an apprenticeship would open up opportunities for me at my place of work.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship in this industry?
I chose to do an apprenticeship within this industry because I favoured the office lifestyle.
What did you enjoy the most about your apprenticeship?
I found the working hours great as they were suitable to me, they allowed me to continue training and playing rugby, and the hours gave me time to socialise with friends outside of work in the evenings and weekends.
I also loved the people I worked with at the council; they understood my position as an apprentice and allowed me the time to complete college work as well as work for them in the office. They also made me feel valued and welcome in the department at all times.
What is the best thing you learnt during your apprenticeship?
It’s hard to pinpoint the best thing I learnt during my apprenticeship, however I’d say the most valuable thing I learnt was how to communicate within a working environment and how to develop working relationships with colleagues.
How did Vision Apprentices help you through your apprenticeship?
During my apprenticeship Vision Apprentices helped me in many ways, including one-to-one meetings to ensure I was comfortable in the workplace and getting the supported I needed. They outlined clearly the procedures for recording my timesheet to ensure I got paid and helped with inputting holiday dates, both of which I very rarely had any issues with and when I did have an issue Vision Apprentices were understanding and helped to amend the issue.
What is your current position?
Level 3 apprenticeship – ICT Officer Trainee.
How did you progress into the job you have now?
I applied for my current job on the Vision Apprentices website. Vision Apprentices then supplied the appropriate tests I had to complete along with a telephone interview. The initial candidates got shortlisted down for an interview at the council with the ICT managers and the Human Resources Department.
Did your apprenticeship prepare you well for your current role?
Yes, it allowed me to get to grips with working life at the council and I gained valuable experience of working with the council’s systems, such as the phone system, the printers and the software programmes they used.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy the satisfaction and pride I get from fixing a problem for a client.
What are your future career ambitions?
I hope to become a qualified IT officer and eventually progress up to become an ICT manager.
Would you recommend Vision Apprentices?
Yes definitely! Vision Apprentices are great particularly on a one-to-one basis, as they gave me all the help and support I needed during my apprenticeship. Also, they were very understanding of the personal issues I faced during my time as an apprentice.
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