In light of National Apprenticeship Week, meet Lauren, one of our employees currently studying an apprenticeship and working her way up through the company, destined to become an successful HR Professional. We ask her the obvious:
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
As part of my Business Studies A-Level, I had to complete some workplace-based experience. I was interested in HR as a business function so I secured some work experience in HR team for a small media company. I enjoyed working in this environment and the variety it could bring day-to-day. In addition, I’ve always enjoyed working in general and held a part-time role whilst studying my A-Levels. I looked in to how I could pursue a career in HR and saw that an apprenticeship was an option that suited my preference to work and study at the same time. I am currently studying for a Higher Apprenticeship which means at the end of my studies I will hold a degree-level qualification, so it was a no-brainer!
How did you hear about the HR Apprentice role at Jellyfish?
A friend of mine forwarded me the job advert. Jellyfish had built a relationship with the college my friend attended and they had regularly held career talks, career fairs etc. On this occasion, Jellyfish had made the college’s career advisor aware of the vacancy which may have suited students finishing their A-Levels and it was forwarded around a set group who were not going to university. It was just a perfect timing for me and I applied straight away.
What does your apprenticeship involve?
As I work full-time, you need to be organised to balance work and study. The course I am studying is made up of several units. Each include: an online classroom, online materials, lots of personal research, a dedicated tutor and a written assignment. I also have regular calls with my apprenticeship provider to document workplace competency and to check I am on track with my assignment deadlines. The assignments are challenging due to the level of the qualification, but the satisfaction you get once you pass a unit makes it so worthwhile.
How do you think your apprenticeship helped you develop personally and professionally?
My apprenticeship has allowed me to gain valuable workplace experience and a higher-level qualification at the same time. I think that the workplace experience is important as its builds confidence and helps me put my study units into context. I’ve learnt so much from my time as an apprentice but the most useful has been how to effectively multi-task. Being an apprentice has enabled me to understand how HR activities can add value to the organisation and how to work with the team at Jellyfish to roll out some great initiatives. My contribution was recognised when I was promoted after one year!
Would you recommend apprenticeships to others?
Absolutely! I deliberated going to university but I am glad that I looked in to the alternatives and would encourage others to do the same.
What’s next for you?
I am due to complete my current course later this year and I am keen to keep building on my experience at Jellyfish. I’m also thinking about going on to study a Master’s Degree in HR Management!
Find out more about the apprenticeships available at Jellyfish by emailing [email protected].