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An insight into an apprenticeship, by an apprentice

30/7/2016

Megan Pollington

There’s no better way to get under the skin of apprenticeships than speaking to an apprentice. In this blog, we hear from Jigsaw Training’s Megan Pollington to get her perspective.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

I was working as a hair stylist but decided I wanted to pursue office administration instead. However, without the relevant qualifications or experience, I felt stuck. When I spotted Jigsaw Training’s vacancy for an advanced apprenticeship in business administration, I applied straightaway.

Can you describe a typical day?

I have a wide range of duties and responsibilities, such as dealing with enquiries via telephone and email, providing administration support to tutors and learners, as well as data entry. There’s a good balance between working and learning, so no two days are ever the same.

What are the benefits?

The best thing about doing an apprenticeship is that you get paid to learn, while developing useful skills to help further your career. I’m really enjoying my role and value the opportunity to learn something new every day.

Any advice for people looking to do an apprenticeship?

I would say to go for it. If you want to achieve new qualifications but need to be earning money at the same time, an apprenticeship is the perfect way to do this. It could also help you embark on a new career path, or get to the next level in an existing role.

What’s next for you?

Once I’ve completed my apprenticeship, I hope to secure a full time administration role with Jigsaw Training. If I can achieve that, it means the apprenticeship will have provided me with a new career, and new opportunities.

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