Lily Jones tells us why she loves being an apprentice

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Lily Jones a former pupil at Bridgemary School & St Vincent's College from Gosport tells us about her PETA Apprenticeship at Fareham Academy.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I wasn’t keen on the idea of going to university and didn’t know what career path I wanted to pursue. As I was nearing the end of my A Levels, PETA was recommended to me by a family friend, so I booked a meeting to discuss future apprenticeship opportunities. PETA contacted me with several apprenticeship vacancies but I felt that none of them were suited to me. I was then sent an email with the specification for an apprenticeship in social media and marketing at Fareham Academy and instantly knew that this was the job I wanted.

Where would you like to go next in your career?

In the future, I would like to organise workshops that owners/workers of small businesses can take part in to learn how to market their business through social media and the creation of websites in order to gain more clients.

What was your favourite thing about being an apprentice?

The best part about being an apprentice was the freedom to learn and gain new qualifications whilst earning my own money. I was able to have a busy Monday-Friday job where I gained new knowledge and was given relevant training, and still have my own time and money to spend on myself in my free time.

What’s the best bit of the job/ what do you feel proud of and why?

I am proud of myself for proposing new ideas in the workplace that have improved connections with the public/parents. An example of this is the launch of the school’s Instagram account in January 2017. The school had mainly focussed on the use of the high performing Facebook page, but I proposed the idea of running an Instagram account alongside the Facebook page. Since creation, Fareham Academy’s Instagram page has over 600 followers from students, parents, and members of the community, and continues to receive an increasing amount of likes on a weekly basis.

What did you buy with your first pay-cheque?

I spent my first pay-cheque on my first year of car insurance. I passed my driving test a few weeks before my start date at Fareham Academy so my new wages allowed me to insure my car and get on the roads!

Would you recommend apprenticeships and if so why?

I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone looking for employment or education because they are a great starting point to the career you want to pursue. Learning the ways of an industry hands-on is extremely beneficial and allows you to experience the ups and downs of a job, rather than trying to learn all of the skills in a classroom.

What is your greatest achievement?

I would say that my greatest achievement is single-handedly organising a school trip to a local public library. Organising to take 20 students out of school requires a high amount of planning and risk assessment to ensure that the students remain safe and fully supervised. I had been a member of staff on multiple school trips before, so I knew the expectations of how students should behave and how the trip should run, but I had never organised a trip myself. The trip was a great success and all of the students enjoyed their time on the trip. This was a proud moment for me as I had organised it myself.

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