Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week: hear from our apprentices

News: National Apprenticeship Week

This week is the 14th National Apprenticeship Week and its theme is ‘Build the Future’. 

The aim of the week is to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to build a workforce with future ready skills. 

At Oxleas, we’ve been using apprenticeships to develop our staff for the past two years and to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve asked some of our apprentices to talk about their experience: 

Vijay Rabadia, Business Intelligence Systems Manager

"Although I had some team leadership experience, it became apparent as a new manager that I could do with some formal training. After talking with my manager and the apprenticeship lead, we decided on a level 3 Team leader apprenticeship which has so far been a very helpful and insightful experience. I have come to know about many methodologies and approaches to leading and managing people. I’ve still got a lot to learn but having the support of a coach from the training provider has helped." 

Sophie Scales, Graduate Data Analyst

"The skills training was really helpful in learning new tools and the courses brought knowledge to the team, allowing it to grow. An apprenticeship is a really good thing to do, although be aware of the time it will take and the need to seize the initiative to learn. Don’t rely on the provider to lead the learning." 

Karimul Islam, Graduate Analyst

"Learning the skill set was a good foundation and covered the bases of data science and data analysis. The course is recommended, but do your own research and plan your learning."

Aisha Abdullah, Senior Patient Experience Coordinator

"Over the past year, the Data Analyst Apprenticeship course has allowed me to learn and apply various data analytic skills. For example, I have learned to use new tools that I can apply to advance data and reporting requirements in my current role in Patient Experience. I would recommend the course for anyone looking to gain the essential skills and knowledge sought after by employers in the growing area of data analysis." 

Grace Maxwell, Project Support Administrator

"My Level 2 Business Admin Apprenticeship has been a great opportunity to start my career and learn more about the trust, my job role and to develop skills. As a school leaver, it has been a good starting point and alternative to university where I have been able to continue learning and gain experience at the same time. It is really useful to be able to put the skills I have learnt into practice and have the support of colleagues." 

Hector Kurtyanec, Graduate Data Analyst

"I recently completed my Level 4 Data Analysis apprenticeship and found the experience to be incredibly rewarding. I was able to greatly extend my technical knowledge and was given plenty of opportunity to further develop these skills within my job role. I would highly recommend others to take up an apprenticeship opportunity as it’s helped me advance my overall skill set massively."  

Sanchita Shrestha, Graduate Information Analyst

"It was intense to do the apprenticeship alongside a job even with a study day per week, and I had to also study in my spare time. The course content was really good. It’s been brilliant, definitely recommended but be aware of time commitment and you will have to take the initiative." 

Trust apprenticeship lead, Nigel Hogg said: "Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes covering most professions. Courses are available at all levels up to postgraduate degree, and can be undertaken by colleagues at any stage in their career." 

Published on 11th February 2021