Apprenticeships work: my story

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an Apprentice?

Here, we speak to Jessica Chamberlain, a Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice from Bedworth.

Jessica studies with North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and works at MET Academy, which is part of EMR Group. 

Jessica completed her A Levels at sixth form but decided university wasn’t the right next step for her…

My story

“I chose an Apprenticeship because you get to gain a qualification and earn money at the same time. I also wasn’t sure what I wanted to so I chose business as it has a number of different routes available such as HR, Marketing and Finance.”

“The best thing about an Apprenticeship is having more freedom and being able to gain your qualification and earn money at the same time – I bought my first car with my wages. With the job, no day is the same, you are always busy.”

“As part of my Apprenticeship I am involved with the invoicing, organising resources for training courses and have had the chance to help launch a new learner management system.”

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Business Administration Apprentice Jessica

“The Apprenticeship was different to what I thought it would be. I thought I would be the one getting the tea and coffee but it’s definitely not like that – I’ve been given a lot of responsibility.”

“Doing a business Apprenticeship really helped me to find out what I wanted to do. I discovered Finance and Marketing weren’t for me but Human Resources was something I wanted to continue with, I really enjoy meeting new people and helping with their learning and development.”

Jessica will now be starting a CIPD qualification in September 2018.

Emily Leleu
MET Academy Manager

“This is the first time MET Academy have appointed an Apprentice and the Apprenticeship programme has definitely exceeded the Managing Director’s expectations. Having not employed an Apprentice before he is delighted with the value that Jessica has added to our organisation throughout her programme.”

“Throughout the programme the College assessor Jo has been an excellent communicator, keeping Jessica motivated and on track. Jo has provided contextualised resources and adjusted the programme to match Jessica’s job role.”

“Jessica is continuing to develop and will be starting a full-time position with us when she completes her Apprenticeship in August [2018].”

To find out more about Business Administration Apprenticeships:

Call 0116 264 3545
Email: be@nwslc.ac.uk