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Suzanne Degree Apprentice

The advantages of doing an apprenticeship are endless as it provides you with an opportunity to learn on the job, whilst getting paid. I have learnt a variety of skills which have provided me with an excellent route into the world of work.

As well as learning practical skills, I have developed transferrable skills which I can use in other parts of my life, such as using my initiative, working things out on my own, as well as in a team, and I have certainly grown in confidence.

Having the opportunity to be on different placements in different areas has given me the confidence to adapt. I initially thought I would struggle with that change; however, the variety has ensured that my working week is never boring and I am always learning something new.

Being encouraged and supported by colleagues and your employer is a huge benefit throughout the apprenticeship programme. A course mentor offers guidance along the way and equips you with the resources required to improve your skills and complete your study successfully. So, you have access to comprehensive training and support throughout.


How to excel during your apprenticeship

I would certainly recommend being organised with your studies! Perhaps create an exam study timetable to ensure you have a good work/life balance. It’s also important to take a lot of care with your work. Being organised and accurate is important, as is showing a high level of attention to detail.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when dealing with complex or unorganised processes, so I always try to organise things as best I can to ensure I can complete tasks as easily as possible.  Approaching all tasks with purpose is important too. This has allowed me improve my productivity and achieve higher-quality results than I previously could have imagined.


How I got involved in university life

Before embarking on the apprenticeship, I completed a foundation degree so I already had experience of studying at Chester. I wanted to use this experience to help people and therefore I became involved in the university Peer Mentoring Scheme.

The scheme helps to build relationships between people who are at the same career stage or age, in which one person has more experience than the other in a particular domain and can provide support as well as knowledge and skills. I have been able to give support and advice and I have created a WhatsApp group for our cohort which we all find beneficial as I am always there to answer any questions.


If you’re looking to gain the practical skills and experience that employers are looking for, why not take a look at our Degree Apprenticeships page.

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