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The Apprentice: My First Week

Hi all! I am excited to be writing this blog.

My name is Rachel, I am 19 and I have just started a Business Administration Apprenticeship at Voluntary Action Swindon.

This is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing about my experiences as an apprentice in the voluntary sector. Hopefully, this series will help me look back on my personal and professional growth, and encourage other voluntary sector organisations to take on apprentices.

I would like to think of myself as friendly, approachable and a keen learner. I have obtained a Level 3 in Creative and Digital media at college as well as producing many side projects that assisted my friends and peers with their learning, including public speaking and being a team player for projects of their own.

For me, an apprenticeship was the perfect choice; it allows me to step into the working world, as well as continuing my education to obtain higher qualifications that would benefit me for the rest of my career.

Being involved in a sector that focuses on helping others is amazing because every day you feel as though you are making a difference to many people’s lives. In addition, in such uncertain times for many, it is important to be able to spread positivity and love.

With these new and difficult times, it has been weird starting my apprenticeship and going straight into remote working. I have met the whole of my team and they have all made me feel comfortable to get in touch if I need to ask any questions or have any problems. I don’t think this has had a negative effect on me as I still know that I can message or call anyone at any time, and they would be happy to help and offer advice.

I have just finished my first week as an apprentice and it has been a great way for me to learn about the voluntary sector. I am excited to see what else I can learn and experience with this amazing opportunity that I have been given.

Until next time, Rachel.