As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re hearing from the many apprentices, completing a range of courses and levels, here at Protocol.

In this blog, we’re talking to Hayley who is completing a Level 3 Recruitment Consultant apprenticeship

  1. Why have you chosen to study an apprenticeship?

Personal development, to improve my skills in the role of consultant and because it may lead to further training and career opportunities. I respond well to having a mentor (in addition to my line manager) and I will benefit from the guidance and feedback.

  1. Why did you choose the course that you did?

L3 Recruitment Consultant was the natural choice to support my job role, as endorsed by my line manager.

  1. What aspects of your course do you enjoy most?

I enjoy being tested and challenged, I enjoy discussions around the role and being challenged to think differently and keep up to date with industry knowledge.

  1. How have Protocol supported you during your course?

My line manager is good at listening to my needs, helping to make sure that work pressures don’t affect my ability to complete my qualification. He is also a good source of advice and guidance in addition to my assessor because he’s my work mentor and is undertaking his own qualification, so understands what is expected of me and the demands I must balance with work and NVQ deadlines.

  1. Where will your course take you?

Last time I completed an apprenticeship it gave me confidence in my knowledge and pushed me outside my comfort zone with various tasks. I’m already feeling more confident all round and more likely to put myself forward for tasks that require me to take a leading role.

  1. What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying an apprenticeship?

For me personally, apprenticeships have been the only readily available and viable option to get in to further education. It’s an excellent option for people who didn’t get along well with the school environment and who don’t feel destined for university. It’s also a good opportunity for anyone who would like to find out more about themselves and the world of work, whilst earning a wage and gaining valuable experience. You can then make a more informed decision on where you want to take your career, whether that be further learning or aiming for a promotion etc.

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