As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re hearing from the many apprentices completing a range of courses and levels here at Protocol.
You may remember that we as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we spoke to Sam about his Level 4 Marketing Executive course that he is studying whilst working at Protocol. We thought it would be a great time to see how Sam is getting on now his apprenticeship is coming to an end!
- Are you pleased that you chose to study an apprenticeship?
Absolutely. It’s been very beneficial to my role! I’m implementing what I’ve learnt every day and it’s bringing great results. Gaining a qualification whilst I’m working is invaluable. It’s not something I could have afforded to do by myself, so that’s fantastic and I’m able to use real-world projects as basis for course work and that’s irreplaceable.
- Has the course that you chose lived up to your expectations?
Yes definitely. I’ve learnt a lot of new marketing theory that has helped me to think differently about plans and campaigns. The course has made me a better marketer and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of applying what I’ve learned in the content we’re delivering.
- What aspects of the course have you found most valuable?
Tailoring the course around my work is the most valuable aspect of the course. It means I can deliver results for Protocol while still fulfilling the requirements of my course. It also means I’m able to make improvements to my output, backed up by what I’ve learned. It’s also come at a great time to be honest! We’ve all had a lot more free time then expected in the last year, so spending that on my course is productive and means I’m spending less time on Netflix at the weekend!
- How has the support from Protocol been throughout your course?
The support from Protocol has been great! My manager Laura has been very helpful always giving me the work time when I needed it to put towards the apprenticeship a well as providing marketing advise to help with some of my projects. I’m grateful to Protocol for the opportunity to do the course and I know they would be supportive if I wanted to continue on this journey to go for the level 6 or 7 qualification.
- How are you feeling now your course is almost finished?
A bit nervous about the EPA but I think that’s natural, exams are always frightening! But generally, very happy with the way the course has gone and looking forward to getting started on my EPA project. I’ve learnt a lot throughout the course, so I feel like the qualification at the end of it all will be the cherry on top.
- What are your plans for when you have finished your course?
I’ll likely start looking into the next level of course. I feel like while you’re in the learning mode, there isn’t too much benefit from taking a break. I’ve seen so much value from this course and I want to continue on that journey.
- What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying an apprenticeship?
Go for it. If you want to improve your knowledge and gain a valuable qualification alongside your work I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to do it. Being built around your workplaces means by doing your apprenticeship you’re contributing value as well as developing yourself. So, it’s a win-win!