Apprenticeships combine working, earning and learning and allow apprentices to learn in a practical manner to gain a qualification alongside work experience. However, earning a salary, getting a qualification and experiencing the workplace are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the opportunities you can get from an apprenticeship.
I’m a student traveler who has a great curiosity about other countries and soaking up other cultures. I simply feel that I will be able to meet new people, experience new places, and get new opportunities at the same time if I’m going to study abroad.
On the other hand, I want to know how to travel the world for free and be able to finish my college education at the same time. If this also sounds like you, then read on.
Katie Fiddaman is a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice at Pearson College LondonWhat made you consider an apprenticeship?Throughout my GCSE’s and A-Levels, I always worked part-time alongside my studies. Therefore, a degree apprenticeship seemed like the natural progression for my Higher Education as I thrive under pressure and enjoy keeping busy.
Progression of EqualityOver the last decade there has been significant improvements to understand and offer equal opportunities regardless of gender, race or religion. However, we believe there is a long way to go and can see a better future for all. Apprenticeships are inclusive and can offer opportunities that may not be available via other routes. Diversity and inclusivity are extremely important topics in todays dynamic society which is why we drive for equal opportunities!We have seen the gender pay-gap reduced in recent times but there is still more work to do.
Do You Enjoy Your Job?When someone asks you; ‘how’s work?’, how do you respond? You probably say that it’s fine or not bad… but are you being honest? It’s common that people aren’t doing the job they always dreamed of or would like to do. However, that doesn’t mean you can enjoy your job!Your job is where you spend the majority of your time, brain power and effort… so why should you stop yourself from enjoying it? The reality is that our nature as humans is to always strive to be better and earn more.
Apprenticeship SectorSo, what is an apprenticeship? An apprenticeship can simply be described as a learning experience for young people. Whilst completing an apprenticeship, on-the-job experience is earned as well as relevant qualifications. Differing levels of apprenticeships can be taken, resulting in more specific or tailored qualifications. At NotGoingToUni, we have over 4,000 apprenticeship roles on our site at any one time.The opportunities are vast and range across multiple sectors, allowing young people to actively search for the industry they are interested in.
What is Brexit?That’s a good question, and not many people are entirely sure what it means or how it will affect individuals. What we do know is that it has been two-and-a-half years since the initial vote and within that time period, there has been a lot of political unrest. Most peoples’ concern regards trade, relations and the economy but of course there are many factors that make up each of these concerns.How can we leave the EU as planned and allow the economy to thrive?
Why did you start your career with Unilever?
The opportunity to work for a company sitting right in the top five list of consumer goods companies worldwide, gaining valuable work experience whilst earning – it’s a great way!
What’s your proudest achievement at Unilever?
Overcoming my fear of presenting to a crowd.
What do you love about working here?
On-site gym, free ice-cream, agile working concept, great work-life balance and most days are never the same.