AN apprenticeship is a real job combined with studying, allowing you to gain nationally-recognised qualifications and competencies whilst earning a wage.
Apprentices earn and learn at the same time and gain valuable hands-on experience along with new skills and knowledge in the workplace. You will usually be at work for four days a week, and at college one day a week to complete the necessary theory and skills development for your qualification although some apprenticeships are delivered entirely in the workplace and others may be block release to college. Apprenticeships not only lead to a fulfilling career, but also funded pathways to higher education and career progression is the natural route for an apprentice.
When Annie Guy left school she didn’t want to go to university and get in to debt for studying. She wanted to continue learning while earning a wage, so an apprenticeship was the obvious choice for her. She began her career as an Early Years Apprentice working in a nursery, but after a few years she decided that she wanted a change of career and knew that the apprenticeship route was the path she would take again.
Annie secured a Business Admin Apprenticeship in the Children’s Services Business Support department at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) and she hasn’t looked back! She achieved her Level 2 in Business Administration Apprenticeship, followed by Level 3 with Dudley College of Technology, which resulted in Annie being promoted to Business Admin Assistant and employed as a permanent member of staff at the council.
She hasn’t stopped there either! She’s now progressing her career with the council, undertaking a Team Leader Apprenticeship supported by Dudley College, which will give Annie the platform to advance her career to management level.
Annie said: “Undertaking an apprenticeship has given me the pivotal skills that I need to get me started in my career and I get to earn while I learn, getting qualified and being paid to do it! “Working in the busy offices of Children’s Services within Dudley MBC has enabled me to learn many new skills, create relationships with professionals, and understand the challenges that workers face every day through first-hand experience. “The support I have been given has been incredible. From my managers, colleagues and my tutor at Dudley College.
“I’m happy that I chose an Apprenticeship and I am proud of my achievements so far –I achieved a Distinction at Level 3 Business Administration – and it has given me opportunities I could never imagine myself doing.”
Annie’s Manager at DMBC, Caroline Phillips, said: “An apprenticeship is an excellent way of building the essential skills needed to advance your career. Technical knowledge and practical experience required for immediate and future careers can be gained whilst in employment."
"They not only benefit the individual, but the council as well, providing it with a workforce that has the skills to deliver a high-quality service. “
"Annie started with us as an apprentice in 2018 and has since completed two apprenticeships and has started her third. Through her dedication and commitment, she has secured a permanent position with Dudley Council.”
Dudley College of Technology excel in delivering apprenticeships across a variety of industries and job roles so whatever career sector you’re looking at, start it with an apprenticeship and Dudley College.