Congratulations to our HR apprentice, Grace Parsons, for being shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Ambassador Award in the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards. Grace became an Apprenticeship Ambassador in October 2016. Ambassadors are representatives for apprenticeship schemes. They come from all over Oxfordshire and work for a wide range of companies and institutions to promote apprenticeships as a great way to start a career, using their own stories and their first-hand experience to inspire young people across Oxfordshire.
The inaugural awards ceremony will take place during National Apprenticeship Week on 8 March. The aim of the awards is to recognise apprentices for outstanding achievement and commitment to the scheme, and to celebrate the contribution apprenticeships make to businesses and institutions. The awards also help to drive and motivate the apprentices to strive to be the best in their field. Here, Grace outlines her experience of being an apprentice at IT Services:
How long have you been an apprentice at IT Services?
I have been an apprentice at IT Services since October 2015.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I chose to do an apprenticeship because I felt that during sixth-form I was preparing for university for the wrong reasons. I struggled at sixth-form because I learn better by being able to physically do what I’m learning and I still wanted further qualifications so an apprenticeship seemed like the perfect option.
What have you gained from your apprenticeship?
I have gained more qualifications than I originally thought I would be able to get. I have also gained so much more experience than by going to university. I have also become an Apprenticeship Ambassador and get to go to many exciting events and meet some amazing people.
What do you plan to do next?
I hope to either go into a job in Human Resources in different departments in the University to increase my skillset by using a variety of procedures or to continue as an apprentice and gain more qualifications.
How will your apprenticeship help you achieve this?
My apprenticeship has set me up with the knowledge and skills to be able to have a career in Human Resources. It has also given me qualifications that enable me to move into a different career path in business and administration if I change my mind in the future. However from my work in IT Services, I would definitely like to continue down the HR path.
Further information about local apprenticeships can be found on the Oxfordshire Apprenticeships website: www.oxfordshireapprenticeships.co.uk/awards