As part of National Apprenticeships Week 2018, we spoke to one of our in house apprentices, Jamie, about his experience of it so far and how his path led to an apprenticeship.
"My name is Jamie Kennett and I am 19 years old, I previously worked at Folkestone town council as business administration apprentice and then also as a front of house officer for the Folkestone Museum (part of Folkestone Town Council). I am now an Apprentice Qualification Development Assistant working in the Corporate Professional Qualification (CPQ) department here at LIBF."
1. What was your motivation for becoming an Apprentice?
Jamie: Having previously been an apprentice I was aware of all the opportunities that it involved, how it can help progress my career and overall experience. I decided to take the great opportunity that the LIBF were/are offering.
2. What made you choose this particular apprenticeship?
Jamie: This role offered a level up from what I was previously studying as well as an opportunity to work in a different environment with different people, furthering my experience and my own career. The role also had a lot of responsibility and a steep learning curve that I felt I would relish.
3. What was the application process like?
Jamie: The process obviously involved applying by sending my CV and covering letter. It then involved two interviews, which was daunting. One being with my college and the other with the CPQ team. This was very nerve racking as all interviews are, however I didn’t find the process difficult as I had already experienced it.
4. Did you have other options? Were you considering Uni?
Jamie: Originally I was considering Uni, I was studying A-level Physics at school and wanted to continue through to a degree, however I felt I lost a lot of enthusiasm the more I studied, and decided to focus on my career path, instead of eventually losing an interest in a subject I previously really enjoyed.
5. Do you know anyone else who has applied for apprenticeships? How has your experience compared to there’s?
Jamie: My younger brother in recent months has started an apprenticeship in football coaching and feels the same way I do, learning while working is the best aspect of this, as your gaining skills, knowledge and experience all in one place.
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