This week marks National Apprenticeship Week – the 15th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships.
The week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is ‘build the future’; reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.
Here our apprentice Jonathan Sutcliffe talks about his time at Warrington Housing Association.
What is your apprenticeship in and why did you choose this sector?
My role is Comms and Marketing apprentice, I chose to work in this sector as I have always loved being creative with my work. Having helped in my parents’ businesses – Warrington Trophy World and Bespoke Gift World – I discovered my love for marketing and web design!
What does your average working week look like?
My average week at WHA usually involves updating social media, updating the website and helping out in LifeTime on a Wednesday and Friday.
Why did you opt to do an apprenticeship rather than A Levels or a BTEC?
I originally started studying TV & Film at a college in Salford, I soon realised that college wasn’t for me when teachers didn’t turn up for lessons so I started looking for an apprenticeship as my brother had done that a few years before and is now an Engineer.
What is the most rewarding thing about your apprenticeship?
Meeting new people and watching new developments such as Greystone Road flourish.
How has your apprenticeship changed/developed during your time at Warrington Housing Association?
My knowledge around marketing and customers has improved massively.
What has been your greatest achievement during the apprenticeship?
Meeting new people and slowly coming out of my shell and being more confident.
What has been a challenge?
Starting in a lockdown and not being able to come Into the office much.
If one of your friends was thinking about doing an apprenticeship, what advice would you give them?
Do it! It has been the best decision I’ve made!