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The journey of an apprentice - Apprenticeships

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we caught up with apprentice Cecilia Geddes, to hear what she had to say about her choice of taking part in an apprenticeship.

What is your job title?

JobShop Apprentice

How did you hear about doing an apprenticeship?

I originally applied for the Youth Work Apprenticeship but my CV was passed over to the JobShop.

How did you get into your apprenticeship?

I interviewed for the youth work role, however I was unsuccessful in the interview. The panel were still impressed with me so they sent over my CV to the JobShop who were recruiting for an apprentice. I had an email to tell me I had an interview, the interview went really well and I got the job!

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I enjoy working in a friendly, and supportive environment within the JobShop, I get along well with the whole team. I mostly enjoy working with young people as I would like to one day become a teacher.

What do you get up to day-to-day?

I do basic admin within the JobShop like answering the phone, being the first contact for students coming in, taking minutes, booking in appointments and logging into a student tracker. I also do recruitment for part-time roles and have appointments with students to support them with their CV and job searching.

What kind of people do you work with/ are you based in a team?

Within the Jobshop I work with Danielle and Julia, who are the JobShop co-ordinators and my managers. I also work with Hannah, Tammy and Shelley who are JobShop advisers.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about your kind of role?

For anyone who is interested in working in a college, I would definitely say you need to be motivated and have a tough skin. It’s a very fast paced environment and you need to be able to keep up, you should also be able to project yourself professionally to different people. For instance, you would need to talk to employers differently than you would a student.

What (if any) would you say is the biggest misconception about your job?

That it is easy! Apprenticeships are a lot of hard work, you have to juggle your coursework as well as the demands of working within the JobShop.

What do you think are the top benefits to doing an apprenticeship?

The biggest benefit of an apprenticeship is the amount of doors it can open for you in terms of your career. I may be working at the JobShop at the moment but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t branch out here at MidKent College. I am given the opportunity and being supported to follow my chosen career path.


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