Being an apprentice at Take One
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a government funded scheme allowing people to mix education with on the job training. An apprentice is hired to do a real job role whilst studying for a formal qualification. The qualifications can range from GCSE all the way to Higher Education.
What’s my course?
I’m currently doing level 3 Digital Marketer course with Take One and TEEG - The Entrepreneurial Education Group. I work 9:30-5:30 Monday-Friday (just like a normal job) and the course usually lasts 18 months. Already I’ve had the chance to practice and learn more skills! I’ve had the opportunity to practice with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, HootSuite, Powtoons and PicMonkey. They have also got plenty of equipment such as cameras, drones and edit suites that I have yet to get to know how to use.
Most of the time I am at Take One helping with projects, but there are blocks of days when I am in Aylesbury learning with other apprentices at TEEG. TEEG help us work towards the final exams and they give us skills which we can put into practice with our employers. For example, TEEG have been helping me learn how to use Hootsuite, and I have already used that knowledge to help my employer set up analytics for our social media accounts, helping us monitor the interaction we have with our clients. As an apprentice I receive help and support from both my employer and recruiter whenever I may need it.
The Entrepreneurial Education Group provide apprenticeships to young people to learn the necessary digital skills that all businesses need in order to remain competitive in today’s modern world. Run by Carly and Penny Ward, they provide apprenticeships, private courses for businesses and they offer media management services. They also work in partnership with Buckinghamshire College Group and Hootsuite to train their apprentices.
Why did I choose an apprenticeship?
For me an apprenticeship is great! I personally felt like University wasn’t for me, but I did want a qualification in the area I enjoy. However, it might not work for everyone. If you are very creative or learn by doing things rather than reading then I would recommend an apprenticeship. For me it’s the perfect mix between school and work, since you are employed by someone, but you also have the coursework and exam side. The things I learn I can put them into practice straight away, which helps me remember and learn faster. Not only do you get an official qualification once you have finished the course, you also get a wage. The minimum wage for an apprentice in the UK is £3.70 per hour (this may be higher depending on your employer) it may not seem like a lot, but it’s a good place to start considering they are paying you to teach you.
What do I think so far?
Now that I have been working at Take One for about a month, I have had a good insight into what I’m going to be doing in the future. I feel like I have already learnt a lot and I look forward to learning more. Everyone is really friendly and I do think that this will open up a lot of opportunities for me in the future.