Why I chose an Apprenticeship over University

My Apprenticeship Experience

I found out about the Business Administration Apprenticeship which I am currently doing, whilst attending an event during National Apprenticeship Week. This was a great opportunity to find out more about Apprenticeships and I would strongly encourage anyone interested in an Apprenticeship to get involved at the next event. You will be able to meet a variety of potential employers and hopefully, like me, be able to secure a position. 

I have now been working at TyneMet as a Business Administration Apprentice since May. Although I have only been at TyneMet for a few months I do feel like a valuable part of the team. I chose TyneMet because they really stood out from the other training providers. Initially, they were helping me look for a Business Administration role within another organisation, but then they told they had a position open, so I applied and now I am a member of the Amazing Apprenticeship Administration team!

My workload is constantly changing as I have a varied role.  My typical day involves greeting visitors and directing them to the correct person or department, managing the visitors book and giving out visitors passes, answering enquiries in person, by phone or email, dealing with incoming and outgoing post, taking minutes at meetings, updating computer records, using office equipment, re-ordering supplies, organising events and of course managing this blog!

I have particularly enjoyed contributing in many college events such as the TyneMet Student Awards, where I got to network with other colleagues and guests. I also contributed in a Question Time event to raise awareness for the EU elections and what impact Brexit would have on the North East. This was brilliant, especially with my background in Law as I could really express my opinions on the subject. This event was so fascinating because I got to learn new things and in essence that is what Apprentices do every day, we learn on the job. So if you enjoy learning then an Apprenticeship is for you!

I have also had the opportunity to plan my own events within the college. I recently organised a Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, it was highly successful and I manged to raise £183.58 on the day. I have also been involved in the setting up of Tyne Networking a fortnightly breakfast networking event for local businesses. I have enjoyed this experience because I have had the opportunity to interact with local businesses people and gain knowledge through an understanding of their experiences.

Within my department I also work with both trainers and the Business development team to get learners enrolled, this requires traveling outside the college to learners’ workplaces to go through their induction paperwork with them. I have also spent a few weeks in The Gateway, a different department of the college invigilating and marking BKSB exams and helping students enrol, because of my knowledge with online BKSB’s I was tasked with helping my department convert to electronic systems which are more sustainable. 

I really have benefited from my Apprenticeship because I get to do a variety of different things every day that strengthen my CV, as I am enhancing my skills by gaining practical and relevant experience. I also get the opportunity to learn more about the day to day running of the business as I am often the link between the Apprenticeship department and other college services such as MIS, Finance, IT, Reprographics and Marketing. I hope to progress onto the next level of my Apprenticeship with TyneMet.


If you are interested in an Apprenticeship you can find out more by visiting tynemet.ac.uk/apprenticeships. Here you can find and apply for all our current live vacancies.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team please call 01912295179 or email business@tynemet.ac.uk.


Alternatively, you can search the National Apprenticeship Website https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch




Published: 19-01-2017