We interviewed Adam Watson to find out how he’s getting on during his first few months of his apprenticeship with Kidderminster College.
What Apprenticeship did you apply for?
I applied for the role of Business administration apprentice within the KC marketing department.
How long is your apprenticeship for?
My apprenticeship runs for 18 months.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I decided to choose an apprenticeship because they are a great way to learn new skills and develop others whilst in a working environment. Apprenticeships allow you to gain experience within the role as well as getting a qualification at the end of the apprenticeship.
Did you find it hard to secure an apprenticeship?
No I did not find it too hard. I applied for a couple of similar apprenticeships before KC offered me an interview.
How did you find the interview process at KC?
The interview process was very simple. I had 2 phone interviews with the marketing manager before a telephone interview with the person I would be working alongside. I was then invited to a taster session to see if I suited the role. After this I was offered the positon. In total the process took around a week.
Did you have any apprehensions before starting the role?
One of my main apprehensions before starting the role was the fear of not fitting in due to having little knowledge compared to others. This however was very much proven to be wrong quickly as I was welcomed into the team with open arms.
How do you manage the learning and working aspects of the apprenticeship?
I am able to manage this well. When I have completed my work tasks, if I have free time I am able to complete any college work that I have remaining.
What are your day to day tasks?
My day to day tasks include responding to any emails surrounding admissions and changing any information on the system with the help of spreadsheets. The role can also include booking interviews for potential new learners and helping arrange events such as open evenings.
What is a typical week like?
At the moment I work 4 days in the role and have 1 college day each week. Currently due to the current circumstances I am working from home and doing college from home.
How do you feel it is going?
I feel that the apprenticeship is going well. I have fitted in well with my colleagues and understood what has been taught to me so far.
What do you like about working at KC?
A thing I like about working at KC is how welcoming and friendly everyone is. When I started I introduced myself to some of the senior management team who happily welcomed me and visited the office where I work to introduce themselves. Another thing I like about KC is that the work that it is done matters. KC gives everyone an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that will stay with them for life.
What do you want to gain from your apprenticeship?
I would like to gain the relevant experience that will be required for future jobs and a qualification that will stand out on my CV.
What advice do you have for someone thinking of doing an apprenticeship?
My advice for anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship is too apply. You have nothing to lose but a whole lot to gain if you are successful. You will gain first-hand experience of the job you are in which will help you improve your career prospects.