Sally Swift was the first ever apprentice to be employed by NCC back in 2009, and has paved the way for a number of successful apprentices to get an opportunity with NCC. Sally has been proactive in her approach to expanding her responsibilities and pursuing avenues that compliment her personal development in the workplace. This has been rewarded through receiving a permanent contract with NCC and now being regarded as a highly valuable member of the team.
What is your background, how did you get on at school, what made you decide to go into an apprenticeship, what were/are your career ambitions?
I wasn’t overly keen on school. I enjoyed certain subjects; however I do prefer to be on the job working, so I chose the apprenticeship route.
Did you enjoy your role as an apprentice?
I loved my apprenticeship role; it gave me the chance to see different sides of the Business and work with the whole team. I gained a lot of knowledge and also enjoyed creating my portfolio in order to receive my certificates and qualifications.
How did you find your apprenticeship, what was the process like, did you have to have certain qualifications or experience, was there an interview?
I did have an interview for my apprenticeship; it was like applying for an actual full time job! Once in my interview I was made to feel very comfortable and already part of the team!
Did your lifestyle or priorities change in any way once you got an apprenticeship?
Having an apprenticeship matured me; I was working with a variety of age groups and personalities. It gave me a different view on lifestyles after spending years siting in a classroom with the same group of friends.
How hard was it to get a job in your chosen field? How many did you apply for before finding the right one?
I applied for 6, before I left school, a lot of these were not suitable for travel arrangements but I wanted to gain the experience of interviews.
How does your permanent role differ from your apprenticeship?
I have a lot more responsibility in my permanent role than I did in my apprenticeship; it’s a lot more exciting! My apprenticeship consisted of jobs with every team in the company which was very fun!
How did you find managing studies alongside working commitments?
The company was extremely helpful giving me free time to work on my studies and time away from the office to complete any exams.
What tips or advice would you give to anybody thinking of getting an apprenticeship?
I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship! I do think it’s a real achievement to leave school and go straight in to a working environment but this is also exciting!
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