Abby - What do you think the benefits of your apprenticeship are?

Each apprenticeship is different but they all have various benefits for the apprentices whether you are just leaving school or if you are looking for a change of career pathway and are wanting to expand your knowledge and qualifications further. There’s something for everyone.

Since my job is situated in the NITAL Training Centre, I’ve had the opportunity to develop my knowledge in apprentices themselves as part of my job role, as I assist in sorting out learner files and their achievements. As a result, I’ve found it beneficial as I have a better understanding of apprentices, what is expected from us and how it works ‘behind the scenes’ from the business administration perspective.

Additionally, I feel that being an apprentice is beneficial because, unlike university which is just learning and unlike a normal job where you just get paid, an apprenticeship allows me to learn and get paid for it at the same time. As a result, I’ve improved in terms of my confidence as I know I’m there to learn so I don’t worry about asking questions.

Since all I’ve previously known is that of a school environment or a retail environment at weekends, the environment of being in an office full time, for my business administration apprenticeship, is different but it gives you positive experience into the working world. Due to the fact you’re learning on the job, hands-on training gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helps you to gain more confidence in a working environment.

For example, I was told what to do and how to do something a few times, to help remind me, but once I begun to routinely find and process specific documentation first hand, then it became easier.

Apprenticeships differ from school in the sense that they offer a varied learning experience so you won’t have to spend all of your days studying; most of the time you’ll be working at a company.

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