1. Did you go straight into your Apprenticeship from school?
I stayed on to do my A Levels and then went straight into my Apprenticeship.
2. Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?
I chose to do an Apprenticeship as they allow you to develop and apply your knowledge and skills on real projects in a workplace environment, whilst being paid, and believe this is a fantastic way to start a career.
3. How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?
I had just finished my A Levels and was not sure what to do at University. However, I knew I wanted to keep learning so my parents suggested looking at an Apprenticeship. I searched for Business Administration Apprenticeships on the gov.uk website and one for the University of Oxford stood out to me. So I went for it and never looked back!
4. What have you gained from your Apprenticeship - skills, experience etc.?
I could not have imagined all of the personal and professional growth that I have experienced. I have added to my skill-set, boosted my confidence, worked alongside colleagues at different levels and networked well which has allowed me to apply for a Personal Assistant position within the University - having the title of Apprentice of the Year has definitely helped me a lot.
5. What has been your proudest moment so far from doing your Apprenticeship?
Winning the award for Oxfordshire Apprentice of the year 2018 at Blenheim Palace.
6. What do you plan to do next? / What are you doing now?
I have recently been appointed as a Personal Assistant to a Senior Academic in the University of Oxford.
7. How will your/has your Apprenticeship helped you to achieve this?
My Apprenticeship role has been so varied and therefore this has allowed me to gain the experience and skills needed for the Personal Assistant role such as time management, problem-solving and prioritising skills. Having worked on clinical trials within the department for 3 years, I already have an established network and also am an experienced user of the University systems, all of which is valuable when applying for jobs.
8. What advice would you give to a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?
My advice would be to go on the gov.uk apprenticeship website and search for apprenticeships that suit your skill set and interests, and then apply for those positions that match your key qualities. It is also important to research the company you are thinking of sending an application to, so you have an idea of the business they provide and whether this would interest you.
9. What advice would you give an employer who is considering employing an apprentice?
Employing an apprentice can add huge value to your organisation. An apprentice can bring innovative ideas and provide a new take on the way an organisation runs. Both of which are essential for any business to grow and progress. This is a great opportunity to make them your organisation’s ‘success story’ and be assured both parties will reap the benefits.
Katie is also an ambassador for Apprenticeships....
"I have been involved with numerous Apprenticeship Ambassador activities with OxLep and University of Oxford including visiting colleges, helping out at career fests and networking events. This involves, speaking to students to help them in their next steps in their careers and sharing my Apprenticeship story.
This has also developed my public speaking skills and numerous colleagues and family members have seen the huge growth in confidence I now portray due to past success on being award the Apprentice of the Year and recalling the genuine emotion and self-motivation to go on an inspire the next generation of Apprentices."