What qualification did you study with JACE?
My business admin level 3.
What made you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I did a year of uni and I kind of went through my whole life wanting to be a PE teacher so I went to uni but it really wasn’t for me, so I came out of it and thought, well what do I want to do? And I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to gain more qualifications, so I thought Business Administration was the best way to start. Having a Business Administration apprenticeship in any company is going to help. So, I thought that was the best route.
I applied through JACE Training and had a meeting with my tutor Natalie and I went from there.
Did you school recommend apprenticeships to you?
I honestly can’t remember but I don’t think they did. I went to a private school and they kind of push going to 6th form, going to uni so I don’t think anyone from my school did an apprenticeship actually.
How did you hear about the apprenticeship with JACE?
I did a little bit of admin work at the Jancett head office and Natalie pops in and out and she was my tutor, so she spoke to me and asked was I looking to do anything else? I had a meeting with her and she explained she had a really great opportunity at White Label and would I like her to put me forward for an interview? We passed on my CV and I came in for a few interviews and got the job.
What did you find hardest about the apprenticeship?
Exams! I don’t like exams. They make me feel very nervous. I’d always email Natalie the day before an exam and be like, ‘yeah, can I not do my exam tomorrow?’ and she would always reply ‘You’re doing your exam tomorrow.’
What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I think I was really lucky here at White Label. I got to do some really, really cool events. We did big award ceremonies and they were so much fun. We had lots of dinner events. We do have quite a few early mornings, but you get breakfast, so it’s fine!
What qualities do you feel will help with being an apprentice?
I think you just need to be willing. You need to be willing to learn and willing to get stuck in. I think getting stuck in is the best way to do it.
How has your tutor and workplace helped you?
White Label were great. They arranged for me to have a Friday to study, depending on how much work we had on at that time. For example, we don’t normally have events during school holidays, so I would only concentrate on work during May and June when we were busiest but then in July and August when it was quieter, I could put in a lot more study work.
How did you juggle studying and working at the same time?
I like deadlines. Natalie gave me quite a lot of deadlines, so I would speak to Julie about those deadlines. I obviously did work at home too. Julie was great especially before my exams. She let me come in the boardroom to revise for the afternoon if it was the next morning so I didn’t have to answer any phones and I was sat here by myself doing it all.
How has doing an apprenticeship helped you with your job role and career?
You learn so much. Even little basic things like I learn a lot about finance and managing all my time, so especially time management. You need time management in any company no matter what job role you’re doing.
What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship when they finish school?
Just have fun. You need to have fun when you do it. There’s no point doing something that you don’t enjoy. So just have fun but get all your work done too!