Apprenticeship helps Katie to find the right career path

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Katie Hallett, Vision Apprentice

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, we’re catching up with some of our apprentices as they gain new skills on-the-job!

Katie Hallett is studying an apprenticeship with Vision Apprentices. Her role involves working within the work placement team at Vision West Nottinghamshire College, which has helped build both her confidence, and skillset too.

“I chose an apprenticeship as I was unsure of what I wanted to do as a long-term career choice, and an apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to learn what it is like to work in different kind of job roles while gaining knowledge and experience.

“I definitely felt like I’d make the right choice in choosing an apprenticeship. I’m constantly gaining experience and learning new skills which will definitely help me in other jobs that I apply for in the future.”

“I thought the application process was good. I was able to take part in activities before the interview which helped to build my confidence.

“Since starting my apprenticeship I’ve become so much more confident in everything that I do – at first I was nervous to speak to students, but now I have no problem with it at all. I’ve learnt how to prioritise my tasks and time correctly and efficiently and how to be organised.

“I’ve also become efficient in communicating via email, as I’d never really needed to do this before my job role, and I’ve also learnt how to work with spreadsheets in detail.

“I currently work in the work placement team at college Monday-Friday, and I also work on the reception of the careers and employability team office on a Friday.

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“My job involves collecting pre-placement forms from students, date stamping them, scanning them and saving them online. I then check to see if the company they want to complete a work placement with is health and safety vetted. I input information from the form into excel, and send a confirmation email to both the student and employer.

“My role also involves gaining feedback from the student and employer during the placement and once it has finished, and this involves emailing and ringing round, and chasing any missing details.

“I attend three ‘clinics’ a week at all of the different campuses. Each clinic lasts one hour, and during this time I am available for students to talk to about any of their concerns, or to help them to find a placement and support them where necessary.

“When I work on reception I am responsible for any customers who ring or call in to the office, and to book any appointments for those who request one.

“I enjoy being involved with the students and helping them, as I feel I’ve really achieved something when I do.

“My job involves meeting people who work across all departments in the college, which is helping me get plenty of ideas for the types of careers available to me. I’m still very undecided about what I want to do, but I hope to stay on another year and complete my Level 3 apprenticeship.”

“Training within a working environment has been a really helpful learning experience. It’s a much better way of learning how to do a job, rather than just reading about it in a textbook. The college is also full of experienced people who are there to help you whenever you need it.

“I think the benefits of doing an apprenticeship include gaining knowledge and experience within a job role, and the fact you get paid! I feel I am much more knowledgeable and confident than I was when I started.

“I think it is a great way of getting into an industry. If you know what you want to do with your future it is a great way of learning more about it and gaining the experience that you may need to have the job as a long-term career. It is also a great way of learning and experiencing different types of jobs to give you a better idea of what it is actually like to work in that type of job role.”

Interested in an apprenticeship? Visit www.visionapprentices.co.uk to see the latest vacancies, or call 0800 121 8317 for more. 

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