When I first heard the word ‘apprentice’, I thought of them being lazy college students who had finished their learning and were struggling to find a job. I hadn’t done much research into apprenticeship schemes, so when I got a job offer from Tillison Consulting, I thought I’d better knuckle down and do some research.
I am currently studying an NVQ level 2 in ICT with the PETA Apprentice Scheme. But what does that mean?
An apprenticeship is learning through working. It’s like going to college and doing your dream job, at the same time. The best part? You get paid for it!
My first week at Tillison Consulting has been very different to what I am currently used to. I’m 19 years old and have been working at multiple places in shifts since I was 16, so coming in to a 9-5 job was going to take a while to adjust to.
The first time I walked into the office, I immediately picked up on the friendly atmosphere. Everybody who works for the company has been very supporting and understanding of the fact that I know very little about their work industry.
I’ve got stuck in from the word ‘go’ at Tillison. On my second day I had a meeting and training session to learn how to use Google AdWords. Since then I have been training and working on certain things for real campaigns for clients. The diversity of different tools and methods that we do here is a real eye opener. I can see why a lot of people used Tillison’s services.
The apprenticeship scheme has been great so far. I’m in a real working environment, but am also at the end of the phone or an email to a PETA assessor who can help me with anything to do with my qualification. Whilst completing the usual work tasks, I also have to do some things to do to gain my qualification. Around once a month or so my assessor Jane will come in and check up on my progress.
The PETA Apprenticeship Scheme is great for people who want to start a new career, or want to gain a qualification but do not have the time or funds to go to college because they work. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to go into a certain field of work. They run apprenticeships for almost every job. PETA is mainly Portsmouth based, but even then they work with over 100 companies to train young people such as myself.