YOUNG AMBASSADORS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGION

GEORGINA ROBERTS - VICE CHAIR

I work for the American digital solutions company Xerox and am now Sales Operation Manager. My Level 4 Business Administration apprenticeship has helped fast track my development, allowing me to achieve qualifications whilst earning money and building a workplace portfolio.

What is the SWYAAN and what do you do as an Ambassador?

As a YAAN member I proactively champion apprenticeships by visiting schools and careers events telling my apprentice story and the opportunities my apprenticeship has given me. I offer advice to young people considering an apprenticeship using my success story to destroy the stereotypes associated with apprenticeships. Being a Young Apprenticeship Ambassador has offered me amazing networking opportunities and the chance to meet some inspiring people.

What advice would you give to young people who might be considering an apprenticeship?Apprentices aren’t just for making the tea, we are a key part of successful businesses and we get to earn whilst we learn. Make sure you explore all of the resources available to you in your search and ask questions to ensure you choose an apprenticeship and employer who is right for you.

LAUREN WORSLEY

I knew I wanted to learn on the job and I found my apprenticeship through the Council website. I work as an Economic Development apprentice. My job is to support the department in creating a thriving environment for businesses to grow and flourish. I’m currently studying for a Level 4 Business Administration apprenticeship. The Council has continually supported my learning, so I can progress and take on more responsibility. I hope to be an Economic Development Officer.

What is the SWYAAN and what do you do as an Ambassador?

I visit schools to support young people in raising awareness about apprenticeships. I love talking to young people about the opportunities apprenticeships can offer and help support their career planning.

What advice would you give to young people who might be considering an apprenticeship?

Research the qualification you choose and do your homework on the business offering the apprenticeship. Don’t apply for every job, be strategic and apply for what suits you and get advice from those you trust.

ELLIE MARTIN

I’m a practical person so taking an apprenticeship and learning on the job, gaining valuable skills was the right choice for me. I am currently completing a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Gloucestershire College. My apprenticeship is challenging and hugely rewarding. No one day is the same. Best decision I ever made!

What is the SWYAAN and what do you do as an Ambassador?

As a Young Apprenticeship Ambassador, I have so many opportunities to network and to make a difference with young people. I am part of the communication team and help promote the SWYAAN through our social media platforms.

What advice would you give to young people who might be considering an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship will give you the skills and technical know-how to become one of the best in your field, leading to a higher salary and a secure future. Don’t go into it lightly – make sure you are the best you can be at application and interview stage!

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