YOUNG AMBASSADORS

WEST OF ENGLAND REGION

LUCY CRADDOCK

I am a data science degree apprentice, and have been working at Airbus for 2 years in their central research and technology department. I study a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions with University of Exeter. My work is research on-the-edge, disruptive technologies to support 'generation-after-next' products. My apprenticeship has allowed me to apply advanced technologies I wouldn't otherwise see until years after a traditional degree.

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

As a YAAN ambassador, I visit schools to tell my story of choosing a degree apprenticeship over a typical university degree. I aim to break down stereotypes and myths about apprenticeships that many young people face when deciding what higher/further education options are available and viable.

What advice would you give to young people who might be considering an apprenticeship?One application can take six months for a degree apprenticeship, and it requires a lot of planning, work, and resilience to get through the process. Even so, I recommend applying to as many as you can. Degree apprenticeships can be a 4-6 year commitment, so make sure it best fits you. Shop around!

ED PENFOLD

I work for GKN Aerospace, Filton, as a Technical Support Technician Apprentice. Alongside working at GKN I am currently studying for a Level 4 HNC in Manufacturing Engineering at Weston College. My apprenticeship gives me all the skills and knowledge that sixth forms and universities do, but I also get valuable hands on experience at the same time.

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

As a YAAN member I actively promote STEM Apprenticeships by attending School, Sixth Form and College career events.. The YAAN also gives me more opportunities to network and give young people the information about these amazing career paths.

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

Take any opportunity you can, you never know where it might lead. Don’t ever give up, even if you fall short, get up and try again. Be enthusiastic! Be prepared.

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SOPHIE BRAIN

I work for Hargreaves Lansdown in Bristol. I’m completing a Level 4 Associate Project Management apprenticeship, working within the Change team. The role of a project manager is to ensure the delivery teams are provided with a plan, are kept accountable, track budget/costs, identify core risks and ultimately ensure that value is delivered to the business. Currently my role is support level, but I’m excited to be able to manage my own projects. I train with Weston College who facilitate the development of my portfolio, and deliver the theory required to undertake my final exam. I’d always thought I’d go to university but decided I needed a blend of practical and theory learning – in an apprenticeship!

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

I love being able to inspire younger people to undertake an apprenticeship route. When I was at school, I rarely received encouragement to think outside of HE. I’m passionate about showing young people that university is not the only option, and following the path which best suits you is the way to go.

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

Use websites and attend career fairs which offer apprenticeships. Apply for as many that cover your requirements as you can. The biggest mistake is putting all your eggs in one basket. Getting a feel for as many companies as you can is crucial because it’s not all about the job description. How you feel about the work environment and people you meet at your interview is just as important.

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