I would recommend doing an apprenticeship to someone else because as someone who wasn’t sure what career path to go down, this was a way to do something new but learn new skills as I earned money also. This gave me an opportunity to see what pathways I could go down and how much this could open new working opportunities for me. An apprenticeship for me was the best decision I could have done as it enabled me to learn more about business administration further and learn new skills and build on ones I had.
I found the teaching and training throughout my course to be very good. I did start before the pandemic but found the teaching sessions I attended to be beneficial and informative to help me complete tasks on those areas set on the City and Guilds Platform. The platform sessions were very helpful, especially as the tutors helped to go through any areas of the task you were unsure about as well as enabling people to talk to others who may be doing a similar apprenticeship and linking the teaching sessions to the workplace.
My tutor, Ellie, supported me through every part of the apprenticeship. We worked towards my strengths and gave me advice on how I could improve on a task I completed further, especially to try and achieve the best grade I could at the end of the apprenticeship. Ellie also supported me outside of the programme, especially during the lockdowns by giving me advice as well as holding call sessions after I had finished work to see how I was doing and if there was any extra support I needed for my programme.
When it was coming up to EPA, Ellie and I wanted to achieve a distinction and we went through my work to make sure all areas were covered and that all the examples I had for my portfolio were my strongest examples and I was able to say that these were my own work and had covered areas of the City and Guilds Checklist. Ellie had provided me with all the information I needed to help me choose my strongest work to be submitted and also helping me perfect the areas which I did not have a strong example for. Ellie also helped me to go through my presentation and my work and to also have someone else go through my presentation with me so that I knew what to expect on the day of the assessment.
I am very happy with my outcome of my End Point Assessment. I received a Distinction which I am very proud of and very happy that all the hard work I put in, especially during the lockdowns, and support from my tutor had paid off in the end. Crown Vocational Training really did help me throughout my apprenticeship and always deliver a high standard teaching and learning and all of the tutors are very informative and did help make sure that all parts of the teaching and learning were of a high standard but in a way that helped to benefit all students.