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Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

In 2017 I finished school with 8 GCSEs. I did not enjoy school; I struggled with dyslexia and hated being stuck in a classroom for five hours a day. I am an active learner, I learn better practically. I figured going down the route of an apprenticeship was the best option for me, being able to learn practically on the job.

What skills do you feel you have learnt/developed so far?

Since starting my apprenticeship at Rochdale Council I have learnt a lot of life skills such as; how to communicate with colleagues, members of the public and Councillors. Not only have I learnt how to present myself in the working environment, I have learnt a lot of technical skills such as; surveying, lining and signing, how to close a road correctly while abiding by the TSRGD (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions), I have learnt how to use numerous ICT systems such as LineMap and CAD not to mention the excessive background knowledge I have learnt from other engineers I work alongside.

Can you describe what being a Rochdale Council apprentice is like in three words?

Rewarding, challenging and enjoyable!

What are you most proud about when thinking of your apprenticeship journey so far?

I started my journey at Rochdale Council as a Business Support Apprentice in Property, Highways and Strategic Housing. During my time in business support I worked closely with the highways department and took a keen interest into the engineering work that goes on behind the scenes. After completing my NVQ in Administration, I applied for one of the three apprentice posts as a Highways Engineer. I was successful enough to get a position working in the Network Management team at Rochdale Council. Since starting my position as a highways engineer apprentice I have learnt a lot and can see my skills progressing rapidly. I am proud of myself for working hard to get where I want to be, and am excited to see what the future holds for me.

 Would you recommend an apprenticeship to others? And if so, why?

I would strongly recommend apprenticeships to others because I can see the way it had benefited me. You learn professional skills on the job, you get paid and get your education paid for. You learn life skills that college and school can’t teach. You meet inspirational people and gain friends for life.

Take a look at the opportunities currently available in Apprenticeships & Early Careers.