About Joe Powell
Why did you decide to become an apprentice?
I was looking for an alternative to full time study which focused on my desired job (Software Development), I also wanted something which would provide me with a career advantage. After spotting a local newspaper advertisement I decided an Apprenticeship would suit me.
How did you find out about apprenticeships?
While studying at College, I was very aware and set on my career path, I wanted to be a Software Developer. One day my Dad spotted an advert in a local newspaper advertising a software development Apprenticeship. After talking with my parents and looking into the company I decided it would be a great opportunity for me to undertake an apprenticeship. For my second Apprenticeship I spotted a job posting on indeed (https://www.indeed.co.uk/) which was advertising a Degree Apprenticeship in Software Development with the Civil Service.
What was the apprenticeship application / recruitment process like?
First off I had to submit my application form which consisted of both a CV and competencies aligned to the Civil Service competency framework. Then I was invited for an interview which further explored my application.
What is the best thing about being an apprentice?
The best thing for me, about being an Apprentice is being able to work with and surround myself with professionals with years of experience which I can learn and develop from. This is one of the things which you do not necessarily get at School / College / University.
What would you advise someone considering an apprenticeship?
One of the best ways to find an Apprenticeship if you haven't already found one is the Government website: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch on there you will be able to find a whole range of Apprenticeships from a variety of employers. The best advice I could give to someone considering an Apprenticeship would be to do your research on the job, see the qualification and the level that you will achieve and if unsure contact the company advertising the Apprenticeship and ask them questions. If everything checks out then there is nothing to lose #GetInGoFar. Also I am more than happy to help someone find an Apprenticeship, please do get in touch if you are unsure.
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