After the apprenticeship: an interview with Rianna

12 September, 2016

We thought it’d be a good opportunity to catch up with Rianna, she’s just completed our one-year social media apprenticeship at Formed Creative Ltd in Doncaster. The company was so impressed with her progress throughout the apprenticeship they’ve offered her a permanent role in the company on a full time salary (result!).

Many of our apprentices do a fantastic job and prove they can be real assets to the companies they are employed by. Our apprenticeships provide real gateways in to companies that may have otherwise been off limits – just one year of work based learning and you could be offered a full time position just like Rianna.

To give you more of an insight about becoming an apprentice we asked Rianna a few questions about her apprenticeship and how she feels it went.

1. Why did you choose to do a social media apprenticeship?

Social media is something that I use everyday and I thought it would be interesting to see how social media can help businesses grow. There is a whole other side to social media that I didn’t know anything about and I was intrigued to learn more. I really enjoyed IT at school and wanted to do an IT-based apprenticeship so I could learn more about the industry.

2. What was the application process like?

The application process was very straight forward and quick. I found the apprenticeship online and emailed my CV to Integrity. It didn’t take long to receive a call back. They asked me a few more questions and shortly after, I was offered an interview. Integrity gave me all the information I needed and were very supportive so I was fully prepared. A week after the interview, I received a call from Integrity to tell me that I had got the job. Again, they told me everything I needed to know and responded quickly to any questions that I had. They made the whole process a lot less stressful!

3. What made you pick an apprenticeship over university?

An apprenticeship was more appealing to me because I could get straight into a job, gain valuable work experience and start earning money. I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about paying off any debt and I would finish my apprenticeship with nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to take a higher apprenticeship and gain even more qualifications!

4. Have you enjoyed your apprenticeship?

Yes. I have learnt a lot of new skills and become more independent. It’s been really interesting managing social media accounts for different businesses and creating blog posts for their websites. I’m looking forward to staying with the company and learning even more.

5. What advice would you give to someone that wants to do an apprenticeship?

It’s important to know what industry you would like to work in so you can choose an apprenticeship that will give you relevant experience. Take your time to see what apprenticeships are available and do as much research as possible. The last thing you want to do is rush this part of the process as you may end up with an apprenticeship that you aren’t going to enjoy.

6. What do you want to do next?

Web development is something I have been interested in doing since I left school but I couldn’t find a suitable apprenticeship at the time. However, now I have completed a level 3 apprenticeship in IT, I am going to do a higher apprenticeship with Integrity. This time it will be the IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals higher apprenticeship level 4.  A higher apprenticeship means a lot more work but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

If you feel like an apprenticeship is the right path for you please don’t hesitate to contact us here

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