Brooke Ives

I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to be in the working environment.

I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to be in the working environment. I thought it was an amazing opportunity to be able to earn while you learn, giving me the chance to feel like a respected working adult. Although I think college is a good idea, I don’t think it will prepare you for your first year in the work place whereas, doing an apprenticeship allows you to gain the experience you need whilst learning how to do your profession.

The first I heard of an apprenticeship was through a close friend, initially I thought an apprenticeship wasn’t going to be for me as I am only 16 and didn’t feel I was mature enough. However, after speaking to John Brady from Youth Connexions, he boosted my confidence and helped me to believe in myself and go for it. I am so glad I took this opportunity when I left school, I think it was the right decision for me.

I have an apprenticeship with Hertfordshire County Council. I was interviewed by Holly a lady from the recruitment for young people team which was nerve racking but she made me feel comfortable and calm. I then had to be interviewed by the managers who were looking for an apprentice, this meant I was getting interviewed by around 15 people overall all on the same day. It was a long day! As I wanted an apprenticeship with HCC I wasn’t able to choose which department I wanted to work for however, I was given a sheet that had all the possible departments on and I was given the chance to write down my preferred departments and my reasons for why I wanted to be a part of that team. Then all that was left to do was wait for that phone call.

Positives: It is hard to say what I enjoy about my job work wise because there is such a wide variety of tasks that I have been taught and have to carry out. However, I love the team that I work in and the people that I work with. I thought due to my age it would be awkward working with adults everyday but you are all treated equally which makes you feel like a respected adult. I also love the fact that you earn your own money whilst learning.

Negatives: The only thing that I can think of that is not so good about doing an apprenticeship is that with college you get all the public holidays such as, Halloween, Christmas and Easter, whereas with an apprenticeship you don’t get all these holidays and you are only entitled to a certain amount of leave. However, this is made up for as on an apprenticeship you earn your own money and in college you don’t, it is like a classroom based environment.

My key advice: My advice for someone looking for an apprenticeship or something similar is to just go for it. In my opinion it is the best way to be educated when finishing school, you earn while you learn and you get so much experience.