As we are approaching the end of National Apprenticeship Week
2024, we reflect on the diverse journeys and insights shared by our LEVC
apprentices. Each story has illuminated the transformative power of
apprenticeships, highlighting the journey of skill development and personal
growth. On this day we speak to Garrie, who has recently started an
apprenticeship in Commercial Procurement & Supply.
Q1: How has your apprenticeship experience contributed to
your personal and professional growth?
A: I have spent over 10 years in my field before starting
this apprenticeship, so went in with high confidence that I already knew most
of the subject matter. Doing this apprenticeship has helped me to understand
the gaps in my knowledge and where I need to improve, as well as giving me
extra confidence in the areas I was already familiar with.
Q2: Can you share a specific project or task that challenged
you and helped you develop important life skills?
A: It is still very early in my apprenticeship so not yet
unfortunately! Overall taking the apprenticeship scheme has given me a greater
responsibility for my own time management – having to balance work and study,
which can be a challenge as the work side can be hectic at times!
Q3: How do you see the skills you've gained during your
apprenticeship benefiting you in future career opportunities?
A: Entering the workplace straight out of leaving school, I
gained valuable experience but I felt like I missed out on gaining a full
qualification. This apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to change that. In
addition to this, I expect the skills gained in this will allow me to be more
confident in decision making and when negotiating.
Q4: What advice would you give to others considering
apprenticeships as a pathway for skill development and career advancement?
A: My advice would be to have a clear idea of what you want
to do or achieve out of the apprenticeship, in order to get the most benefit.
If you want use an apprenticeship to advance your career, speak with your
manager to understand what requirements/courses will most benefit you in making
that next step. Also use feedback from your manager/colleagues to identify what
skills you need to develop.
Q5: What strategies have you found effective in balancing
work, training, and personal life during your apprenticeship?
A: It is a constant struggle trying to balance the
day-to-day needs of the business with my studying. My main advice would be to
make time in your diary specifically to focus on your training/development, set
out of office etc. Make your manager/colleagues aware of this schedule so they
understand only to contact you when urgent. Thankfully at LEVC I have managers
who are supportive of my training needs.
Q6: How has the apprenticeship program contributed to your
ability to adapt to new technologies and industry changes?
A: The apprenticeship program allows me to understand latest
best practices in my area. Being in this area for 10 years, it can be easy to
develop bad habits and/or use out of date methods. The apprenticeship will help
me understand any changes/new approaches developed since I first learned my
As we celebrate the journeys of our LEVC apprentices, their experiences underscore the value of adaptability, and a proactive approach to career development. We extend
our gratitude to our LEVC apprentices for sharing their experiences and
insights, inspiring us all to embrace the journey of lifelong learning and