After having time to think over my presentation and soak up the reaction from the attendees and the wider apprenticeship / education sector, I wanted to write a brief overview of my experience at the conference, the feedback I have received and what it means for me to be an apprentice.
I felt the event was structured very well with all the speakers and attendees getting involved to discuss the hot topics around the Levy but also sharing the same views about how far the apprenticeship scheme has come and the work needed to continue driving apprenticeships forward. It’s great to see there is so much energy and support behind our apprentices.
As mentioned at the conference, it was a huge decision for me to leave the standard education route at 14 and it was not a decision that I took lightly given the comments from my previous school. When I left school I decided to continue my studies at Leeds City College. They not only allowed me to complete my GCSEs and Level 3 qualifications in a flexible, practical environment, but they also set me up with multiple work experience visits with companies across the region as well as universities. After leaving college, I decided to go down the apprenticeship route which has been an amazing experience for me. In the last two years, I have been promoted 5 times and I’m now looking after the software development team at award winning recruitment firm, Corecom Consulting. I’m very proud of my journey as an apprentice and I’m looking forward to being involved in driving the movement forward until apprenticeships become the norm for companies across the UK.
Thankfully, leaving schools and becoming an apprentice was one of the best decisions that I have ever made and enabled me to completely turn my life around, meeting some very influential people across the way who have helped me to get into the fortunate position that I am in today.
I’d like to say a big thank you to both Lindsay and Tony for giving me my first real breakthrough speaking at an apprenticeship specific conference as this wouldn’t have been possible hadn’t you managed to fit me in. My final thank you is to all the attendees and external community who have congratulated me on my journey across social media. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed presenting in front of you and being able to share my experiences as an apprentice. The support you showed me has been phenomenal and I am looking forward to speaking at many more events across the UK; thank you.
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