At GP Care we are very proud that for the last three years we have been able to take part in the Learn Direct Apprenticeship Scheme and offer places to a number of apprentices.
Siân joined us as an apprentice in 2013 and when she had completed her year course, we were very pleased to offer her a permanent position on the team. More recently Georgia started her apprenticeship with us in 2015.
Both are very highly thought of at the company and as it is National Apprenticeship Week, we decided to give them the opportunity to write about their experiences.
I applied to do an apprenticeship at GP Care after struggling with my health which left me unable to complete my college course. Since joining the company I’ve developed skills I thought I wouldn’t develop for years, such as having confidence in situations that once petrified me – even talking on the phone alone!
As an apprentice, I rotated around all the services provided here at GP Care and I can now confidently take a phone query for any service and complete the patient pathway from start to finish. I’ve developed a great knowledge of these services and have since been asked to train the newer members of staff.
I have gained a lot of valuable skills since being here which I was able to demonstrate whilst carrying out research into the specific units I had chosen to study for my Business Administration NVQ. For example, one of the units was about managing my own performance within the workplace; this brought to my attention the importance of meeting deadlines, maintaining communication within my team, the purpose of agreeing targets and recognising mistakes if/when made.
My experience at GP Care has been incredibly beneficial, helping me to improve on personal targets, as well as practical skills within the work place. I completed my NVQ level 3 within the year and I was then offered a permanent role here. My apprenticeship has been very valuable to me and has put me in a very favourable position for the future, both in my working and personal life.
I am currently doing a HR and Business Administration Apprenticeship at Level 2. I chose to do an apprenticeship because once I had finished my exams I felt I wanted to gain some real job experience. I spoke to my Work Experience Coordinator at school and we decided the best option for me was to do an apprenticeship, and my parents agreed.
The process involves completing several workbooks on the job over the one year course as well as revising for any exams I have to take. Having already passed English and Maths at GCSE I only need to take an ICT exam.
I really enjoy the role I’m in, it’s a great ‘first’ job to have because you learn whilst you earn. At this age the majority of young adults are at college 4/5 days a week and don’t have time to have a job on top of their studies. I also really like that you can progress with it, for example if you complete a NVQ level 2 course you can then go on to do NVQ level 3 and so on.
I would 100% recommend to anyone to do an apprenticeship, all my college friends complain about how much work they have and all the essays and exams they have to do. Whilst I still have to take an exam, I will also achieve one or more qualifications and I am gaining experience in the work place.
It’s brilliant that both Siân and Georgia think so positively about their Apprenticeship experiences. If you are interested in doing an Apprenticeship or as a company would like to offer a placement, go to the government website for more information: https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice.