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Apprenticeship helps Katie to find the right career path

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.


“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.”

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National Apprenticeship Week 2016! Meet the apprentices

Amy BeestonMeet Amy, a business admin apprentice working at Mansfield District Council. Amy loves animals and after studying animal care at college for a short time, she decided to leave to be able to take on an apprenticeship in order to earn a wage, which would eventually pay for driving lessons and her very own car!

Here we take a look at Amy’s drive for success…

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Heatherley Primary School have recruited their first apprentice through Vision Apprentices

Heatherley Primary School - cropIf you’re thinking about taking on an apprentice in your organisation, or even if you’re thinking of becoming an apprentice, then take a look at Heatherley Primary school’s success story. The recruitment process has been “seamless” said head teacher Diane Speed, and apprentice Laura says the experience has been “really easy and supportive.”

Lets take a look at how their story began: Continue reading

Meet the apprentice: Ross is following his IT ambition

Ross Bowskill“Vision Apprentices are great for one-to-one management … they gave me all the help and support I needed during my apprenticeship.”


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. Continue reading

Meet the apprentices: Daniel is working towards his dream career!

“Doing this apprenticeship has enabled me to gain new valuable skills and experience which will all be relevant and play a part in my long term plans.”Apprentice: Daniel Leader

Daniel Leader is currently studying business administration with hopes of one day progressing into a career in the British Armed Forces. It has been Daniel’s dream to one day work as an RAF Police Officer, and says that an apprenticeship in business has provided him with new skills and given him the vital experience needed to progress into future employment. Continue reading

Meet the apprentices: Reece is thriving in Business

Reece - Business and Administration apprentice“If you want to have valuable work experience or want to have a bigger role than you already have with an employer then I would say definitely go and apply for an apprenticeship.”, Reece Hunt, Vision Apprentice.

This week we meet apprentice Reece who is currently studying for a Level 2 Diploma in Business and Administration at Vision West Nottinghamshire College. Once Reece finished his computer science course at West Notts, he thought about going to university, but then he discovered apprenticeships and their advantages.
Here Reece tells us why he changed his mind about university, and why he is so glad he did! Continue reading

National Apprenticeship Week 2015: Meet the apprentices!

rebecca-daft“I don’t know what I’d be doing right now if I’d not found this apprenticeship. It’s really set me on track to something new…” – Rebecca Daft, Vision Apprentice

Apprentice Rebecca thriving in community wellbeing role

This week (9-13 March) is National Apprenticeship Week – a celebration of the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. Rebecca Daft explains more about how choosing an apprenticeship has opened new doors and career opportunities. Continue reading