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The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017
What is the Brathay Challenge?
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC17) is the search for the apprentice team of the year. It is a national challenge where apprentices across the country compete in a challenge to promote apprenticeships. Our team consists of nine apprentices who work in different industries:
Dhaiya –Business Admin Apprentice
Ellen –Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Tyler –Football Coaching Apprentice
Liam –Coaching Apprentice
Lewis –Business Admin Apprentice
Nathan –Electrotechnical Apprentice
Cameron - Electrotechnical Apprentice
Jess –Beauty Apprentice
Ethan - IT Apprentice
Read more to find out what our team has been doing throughout the challenge and how it has benefitted us.
Why I choose a sports apprenticeship?
Lewis tells us about why he choose to do a Sports apprenticeship at Tynemet
What happens when your a sports coaching apprentice?
Liam tells us all about his initial thoughts on apprenticeships and about how he is finding his role as a sports coaching apprentice.
Happy National Apprenticeship Week!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, the Tynemet Apprenticeship team have been shouting about apprenticeships at events every day this week.
On Monday we hosted an Apprenticeship Levy event where the fantastic Gillian Miller shared all her knowledge about the upcoming levy with employers. This was a great success and I believe it really gave employers the opportunity to understand apprenticeships and ask any burning questions they had about the upcoming changes.
On Tuesday we hosted an Apprenticeship fair here at the college. We had arranged for 10 apprentices from different fields to come into college and talk about their daily lives. This gave the full time and part time students at the college an opportunity to meet apprentices and get a better understanding as to what apprenticeships are and the benefits of them. We also had a few drop in visitors, who were interested in finding out more about apprenticeships.
On Wednesday we were invited down to the Quorum Business Park, where they were hosting the Showbiz event. The guest speakers Penny Halsam and David Hyner gave absolutely fantastic motivational advice, which was very inspirational! We were also given a stand which gave us the chance to promote apprenticeships to the businesses who had been invited. We also had the opportunity to network at lunch time and share the benefits of taking on an apprentice with other employers and people were very interested.
On Thursday we were invited to Whitley Bay High School to talk to a small group of year 11 students. I think this was a great opportunity for the youngsters as they were able to see the other options available to them, other than staying on at sixth form. They were certainly full of questions about apprenticeships and I believe they had a better understanding of the benefits an apprenticeship could give them.
The life of a Sports Apprentice
I came into my apprenticeship with all the necessary qualifications to work in a gym (level 2 gym instructor, level 3 personal trainer) and I thought that Tynemet would have nothing to offer me however, after sitting down with one of the tutors I seen that there are other qualifications you can do around the gym and I was enrolled on to the level 3 Leisure Management course. Alongside this qualification they also offered me other side qualifications to boost my CV such as level 2 Spinning.
An Introduction to the world of a Business Administration Apprentice
This is the first career path I was completely sure about, which is why I chose the Business Admin Apprenticeship. I saw it as an excellent opportunity and actually felt extremely lucky to have been accepted to the role, and genuinely want to do my best at the job. I am learning along the way, and it is understood that we may make mistakes, but overall we are treated as integral parts of our team and are continuously motivated and encouraged to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. It is hands on experience, where I have learnt all about a business and how it works, as well as gaining qualifications alongside and learning what full time work is like. I have learnt so much, even something as simple as working in a team, organization, time management/prioritizing and dealing with customers are skills that will set me up for life, whichever path I choose.
My first three weeks as a Sports Apprentice
I came across a job advertisement on the Tynemet website for a Health and Fitness Apprenticeship and it sounded like the perfect opportunity for me, unlike other apprenticeship providers Tynemet were seeking someone who preferably already had their Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification. I received an invitation for an interview and got an offer of employment later that same day!
5 Reasons to Become an Apprentice Teaching Assistant
I became an apprentice teaching assistant in October, I have come up with my top five tips that can hopefully help anyone unsure of this pathway.
National Apprenticeship Week
It is National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate we will be uploading a range of blogs every day to give you an insight into the life of an apprentice. We wll also be partaking in a number of diffrent events throughout the week, both internally and externally.
Which I will be blogging abbout on Friday!
A Day in the Life of a Beauty Apprentice
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Beauty Apprentice? Well I have. I’m Lily Cairns an 18 year old, from little old Blyth. I am currently doing my Level 3 Beauty Apprenticeship. I have been working in a salon giving Level 2 treatments up to a high standard for two and a half years. On a typical day I’m normally fully booked with my clientele, who are very good to me and are lovely. I love doing clientele treatments.
Why I chose an Apprenticeship over University
Like most college students I had no idea what I wanted to do after I had finished studying for my A-levels. It seemed like my only option was to go to university, this certainly seemed to be the norm with my peers. So I applied to study Law Programmes and started an LLB Law course at the University of Sunderland in September 2014.
I still had no idea which field I wanted to go into after my first year and the enormous work load left me feeling thoroughly distressed. I had already acquired a debt of £14,000 in student loans, with no clear career prospects. I therefore decided to take a gap year travelling and doing voluntary work whilst I reviewed my options; one option which appealed to me was an Apprenticeship.
An Apprenticeship appealed to me because it is an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and a nationally recognised qualification, whilst earning money. This is a fabulous concept as for the first time I would be getting paid to learn. I would also get the opportunity to see if I enjoyed a trade before qualifying in it. I then started to research Apprenticeships; I found out that there are many different levels of Apprenticeships such as:
Intermediate level Apprenticeship –This is equivalent to five GCSE passes
Advanced level Apprenticeship –This is equivalent to two A-level passes
Higher Apprenticeship – This is equivalent to NVQ level 4 and above, or a Foundation Degree
Degree Apprenticeship – This can lead to an Undergraduate Degree
6 Reasons why an Apprenticeship could benefit you
1 Practical and relevant experience
An apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to gain practical, on the job experience, allowing you to develop your skills to a specific trade.
2 Earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification intermediate
An apprenticeship also allows you to earn money whilst you gain your nationally recognised qualifications rather than having to pay extensive tuition fees whilst you learn with no clear job prospects.