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This is carrying on slightly from my last thread about my first apprenticeship experience...

When I quit my Sales apprenticeship, I wasn't keen on getting back into an apprenticeship, not anytime soon anyway! It did teach me a lot though, I realised you can't rush things, and I realised that really, I took the apprenticeship because I was that chuffed I got it.

The thing is, both employers and you as potential apprentices, need to realise that it's a really big decision. I'm not a fan of companies who rush young people in to a decision, or push them in fact. Both for the company, and the apprentice it's a massive thing. You need to take so many things in to consideration: Can you afford it? Will it take away your life completely? Will it lead you to a career path you want to get in to? Obviously there are so many more questions you'd need to ask yourself, the types of questions I avoided when I took my first one.

Anyway, I used to apply for any sort of apprenticeship that caught my eye, now I look at where the company is located, what the qualification is, what the money is like and so on...

I used the official apprenticeship vacancy matching service website to look for an apprenticeship and came across a Design & Print apprenticeship, it caught my eye straight away! It was literally about 5 minutes walk away from my house, it seemed like a really big company, so I emailed them (not expecting to hear back anytime soon). Anyway, I got an email back and a couple of missed phone calls the next day. I spoke to the manager and he asked me to come for an interview/meeting the next day to speak about it.

I popped down, and the company was much bigger than I thought, I spoke to the manager and got shown around the factories and offices. The manager spoke to me as if he'd already decided I was the right person for the job, I'm not normally a fan of this, however I changed my opinion. He didn't have a clue who I was 2 days before, now he was impressed with me, both via email and face-to-face. I spent a good week thinking about it, listing the pros and cons, eventually I realised the pros outweighed the cons, so I accepted the apprenticeship (I actually start next Monday!)

What's my plan? To get my head down, work hard and try to get a future with the company! :)
James Smith

James Smith

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the official apprenticeship vacancy matching service website, I stumbled upon a Design & Print apprenticeship opportunity that immediately grabbed my attention. What made it even more appealing was its convenient location, just a short 5-minute walk away from my house. The company seemed substantial in size, which piqued my interest. Taking a chance, I decided to reach out to them via email, not expecting an immediate response. To my surprise, I received an email back promptly, accompanied by a few missed phone calls the following day. I connected with the manager over the phone, and he invited me for an interview/meeting the very next day to further discuss the apprenticeship.