Success Stories

Real Life Stories from Real Life Apprentices and Companies.

Browse our case studies and get the stories behind some of our apprentices and employers. Click on the questions below to see their answers.

Sidi

Sidi

Digital Marketing Apprentice at Spidergroup

I chose the Apprenticeship route because it’s an accessible way to be in my desired workplace gaining the experience I need whilst also being paid.

Whilst I was going through the recruitment process, the Professional Apprenticeships team arranged multiple interviews for me and showed continued support helping me find my desired job. They offer a personalised approach to suit my needs which I haven’t experienced with other training providers.

My job role is to use SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), PPC (Pay Per Click), and to run my company’s Social Media, for example updating information onto Facebook and Twitter and posting adverts, I really enjoy the environment I work in and supporting our clients.

I see this Apprenticeship giving me the knowledge, skills and experience I need to be able to progress within the marketing industry whilst also having the opportunity to become senior in my company.

It will be a beneficial and positive experience, for anyone seeking an apprenticeship I’d advise them to apply here as they deliver outstanding services, with Professional Apprenticeships you are not just a statsic, they care about everyone.

Chloe

Chloe

Business Administrator Apprentice at Blackstar Solutions

I originally went to college for 2 years, however, I have always preferred working rather than learning in a classroom environment so long term where I wanted to be. I still wanted to gain a qualification and at the same time begin my career so the apprenticeship route for me personally was the best option.

I was searching online for potential vacancies that I felt were right for me and I came across an advert from Professional Apprenticeships and within just a few hours of applying I had a telephone interview as I lived in Yeovil at the time so they saved me the time of coming up to Bristol. I spoke to them for about an hour and they were very confident of getting me into an apprenticeship. Within the same week, I was interviewed by Blackstar and received an offer. It was all very quick which was perfect for me, and I am now looking to move to Bristol to establish my career within this amazing company they have placed me in.

The thing I love most about my job role is the independence and responsibility that I have been given within the role. You don’t feel like you’re an apprentice just another member of the staff team.

I see myself still working with the fantastic team at Blackstar and continue to gain specific qualifications relating to my job role that can assist me and the business. The apprenticeship has provided me with a platform to take huge steps within the progression of my career.

When considering an area of apprenticeship to get into ensure that it really is an area that you are passionate about and enjoy doing. If you’re doing something you don’t enjoy then you likely won’t stick at the role. Get it right first time round!

My Apprenticeships completely exceeded my expectations. I didn’t think I would find somewhere where you’re treated so well and get along with everybody but simultaneously you’re are also furthering your career.

Jacob

Jacob

ICT Apprentice at Blackstar Solutions

Starting an apprenticeship for me was the obvious choice, although I already had an existing nationally recognised IT qualification, the industry was asking for experience pretty much everywhere I went so for me this was the quickest and most beneficial way of me gaining experience and also getting my foot in the door. It’s got me ahead of my peers who chose to go to university and attained a degree. I was able to get in a much stronger position within my career due to all the experience I was now getting.

I went for an initial interview with one of the members of the Recruitment team after applying less than 48 hours before online. I was thoroughly interviewed and tested to ensure that I really did know my stuff. I was asked all the right questions in terms of spotting whether I was into my IT and had all the knowledge to thrive within an IT role. Within 2 days I was sent out to Blackstar and had my interview. All within of 1 week of meeting Professional Apprenticeships I had been offered the role that would kickstart my career.

The whole experience for me has been a huge learning curve. To begin with I was getting myself up to speed with networking fundamentals and everything that I would need to become an asset to the company. My opinion always feels valued within the company, your voice is always heard if you ever have any problems or queries.

I would love to still be working here at Blackstar continuing with my personal development and gaining some vender specific qualifications. I would then like to begin to expand my knowledge into other areas such as cyber security.

My advice would be to anyone considering an apprenticeship is to remember that you’re there to learn, you won’t be expected to know everything about the area you work in and that will be understood. As long as your employer can see you’re doing everything you can to progress then there is nothing to worry about. Make sure you’re 100% dedicated.

It’s been an exciting and efficient experience; the team are always ready and happy to help you. My opportunities to explore and learn have been endless.

Lauren

Lauren

Digital Marketing Apprentice at Signable

After previously completing an apprenticeship in media I knew that I wanted to continue to expand on my knowledge of the media and marketing world, which is why I applied for a Digital Marketing apprenticeship. I wanted to gain experience working as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

After searching online for digital marketing apprenticeships, I came across a vacancy from Professional Apprenticeships. Shortly after applying I received a call asking me to come in for an interview. At the interview, we discussed the areas I would like to get into and we went into a lot of details about my skills to help them find me the perfect role. Before going out to meet my employer we also ran through a mock interview to prepare me and ensure I was ready to impress.

I am loving everything about my job so far but I am particularly enjoying getting to grips with the social media aspect of the job. Creating content to be put out online and seeing how much engagement I get from putting out that content into all our different social media channels.

I would love to still be working here with the team at Signable and hopefully move up into a more senior marketing position.

It is a brilliant way of gaining more skills whilst also learning and earning. You can really see the effects your own work has on the business. The whole process was straight forward and hassle free.