This week is National Apprenticeship Week, which is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and aims to promote how apprenticeships can benefit individuals and businesses.
In light of this week, our Marketing Apprentice Abbie Brice told us what it’s like to be an apprentice at Europe’s biggest consumer matching service.
What apprenticeship are you doing at the moment?
“I’m currently working towards my Level 3 Apprenticeship in Marketing. I completed my first Marketing Apprenticeship with Quotatis too, but I wanted to continue gaining knowledge in this field so I was advised to start another.”
How has your apprenticeship helped prepare you for your career?
“Doing an apprenticeship gives me experience in the workplace that I wouldn’t get if I was studying at college, so I feel more prepared for my future career. I also get to pick from a variety of units, so I only have to learn about the things that interest me most. I’m really enjoying the unit on developing an advertising campaign and I’m looking forward to the Website Software unit where I will have to plan and design a website.
“No day is the same at Quotatis – I’m always working on different projects and talking to different people. I’ve also had the opportunity to go to networking events, which I wouldn’t have had the chance to do if I’d stayed at college.”
What’s the best thing about doing an apprenticeship?
“The best thing about being an apprentice is that I get to earn money while I’m still learning, and I can tailor my learning around my exact career rather than studying lots of subjects that I didn’t feel would benefit me. I’m getting hands-on experience in the industry I want to work in, and I’m gaining knowledge every day.”
What are your top pieces of advice for new apprentices?
“My advice for a new apprentice would be to ask for help when you need it. Your colleagues are fully aware that you’re learning and they won’t expect you to know everything immediately.
“Make sure you observe what your managers and colleagues do and how they deal with situations, as they have experience that is extremely valuable to you. You’re there to learn, so take advantage of their knowledge!”