Name: Lisa Tudor
Job Title: Centre Administrator
Company / employer: First Rung
Apprenticeship: Business Administration
1. What's a typical day like for you?
I am lucky that not every day is the same routine. One day I’ll be creating new learner files and paperwork and the next I would be inputting information on to the system for our learner’s attendance.
My day to day jobs consist of contacting learners if they have not arrived for their session or contacting N.O.K to find out why and speaking to schools to keep them updated if their learners have arrived.
2. What has been the most memorable day of your Apprenticeship so far?
I really enjoyed the all staff day out. We went to Brighton and it was such a good day. The weather could not have been any better. The food was really nice.
Another thing that is very memorable was when I firstly started conducting interviews on my own. I personally thought that this was a very big step and although sometimes they can be tricky, I really enjoy doing them.
3. Why did you decide to become an apprentice?
I have always been interested in doing an apprenticeship. It was not until I completed my A-Levels that I started thinking more about apprenticeships. It is a great way to gain experience, a qualification and get paid at the same time. Getting paid while learning is the main thing that caught my attention.
4. What are the best things about being an apprentice?
I enjoy that fact that I am always learning new things within my role. You do not have the pressure as your still learning.
5. Why did you choose to do your apprenticeship with First Rung?
I applied for a variety of different apprenticeships on the National Apprentice website and First Rung contacted me and it sounded like a very good opportunity.
6. What are the best things about working in the industry you work in?
I enjoy working with young people, seeing them achieve and progress onto a positive progression.
7. What's the most surprising thing you've learnt during your Apprenticeship/in your apprenticeship so far?
When I started my apprenticeship I did not feel confident talking to the learners. I would hate going into the class room to collect the registers from the trainers. I feel that now I have grown with my confidence and enjoy talking to all our learners.
8. What would you say to someone thinking about applying for an Apprenticeship?
Go for it. It has given me the experience that I needed to get my foot in the door and I finally now know what I want to do once I complete my apprenticeship. I wish I did my apprenticeship earlier than waiting until I finished 6th form.
9. What do you think are the biggest myths about Apprenticeships?
Some people might think, if you are an apprentice, you are the one that makes tea and does the cleaning and you do not learn anything about the job. This is not true, you are treated like any other member of staff and everyday you are learning something new and developing new skills.
10. What do you expect to be doing in ten years’ time?
I hope to be working with young people helping them get themselves on the right path. I would be very interested in working for somewhere like Connexions.
11. What advice would you give someone leaving school or college now?
Go for an apprenticeship. You can do an apprenticeship and work your way up and still come out with a Degree and no debt. I would 100% recommend an apprenticeship to all young people.