When Nicole Willis finished her ‘A’ levels she didn’t know what she wanted to do and couldn’t justify the high fees associated with going to University. Her solution – to do a Business and Administration Apprenticeship and work for her Dad!
Nicole’s Dad, Steve Willis is Managing Director of Steve Willis Training Centres, which run Gas, Plumbing and Electrical Apprenticeships at their centres in Burgess Hill and Portsmouth, as well as short courses.
Steve heavily supports apprenticeships but is normally the one running the courses for apprentices; this time he was recruiting one!
Nicole started Level 2 in Business Administration when she was 18 years old, before progressing onto Level 3 a year later. She successfully completed her apprenticeship earlier this year and now works as an Apprenticeships Administrator for those wanting to do Gas, Plumbing or Electrical Apprenticeships at Steve Willis Training Centres.
We spoke to Nicole and found out more about apprenticeships…...
How did you apply for an Apprenticeship?
In my case, I spoke to my Dad, he mentioned Steve Willis Training Centres were looking to take on an apprentice, I applied there and then. However, prior to this, I applied for several roles using apprenticeships.org.uk It’s a great website that’s simple to use and allows you to search for apprenticeships in your area and the sector you want to work in.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
I really benefitted from on the job training; I found it made learning much easier. The environment is also very different from school and college, it taught me how to be independent and work with different types of people. I feel I have matured a lot over the past three years.
Are there any perks of doing an apprenticeship?
As I started when I was 18, my Level 2 was fully funded by the government. I was also paid whilst doing my apprenticeship and gained a recognised qualification at the end of it.
What are your top tips for someone looking to do an apprenticeship?
Make sure it is an apprenticeship you are applying for; that comes with on-the-job training and a recognised qualification e.g. an NVQ.
Know where to look, visit apprenticeships.org.uk
Make sure you have an up-to-date CV.
In the future I’d like to explore other parts of the business, maybe learning more about the gas, plumbing and electrical short courses we offer, I think I would also enjoy working in sales.
For Gas, Plumbing and Electrical Apprenticeships and courses at Steve Willis Training Centres, call 01444 870860, stevewillis.com
Report and picture contributed by Steve Willis Training.