Catherine is studying for her Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration within the Communications Department. Her apprenticeship is supported by Derby College.
Catherine said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship as I really like the idea of developing my skills whilst on the job. Whilst a lot of my friends went to university after sixth form, I knew that I didn’t want to carry on with classroom based education any longer, I knew I needed something different so went on to looking in to apprenticeships. I started my apprenticeship with the Trust in June 2016.”
“My day to day jobs vary depending on what my focus for the day is, I don’t have just one specific role; I help different people within the Communications Team. A few of the many jobs that I do include working on social media platforms, helping with staff recognition events, updating the website and intranet and photography around the hospital. I also help the Patient Information Team who are also based in my office, they produce information for the public, patients and carers. I like the variety that my role offers me, it keeps me motivated.”
“Doing an apprenticeship has helped me develop so much as a person and also helped me to discover strengths I never knew I had.”
“I would recommend doing an apprenticeship to others as I want more people to realise that going to university isn’t the only option. If you’re not sure what to do after finishing school, an apprenticeship is a great way to test the water to see if you want to pursue that role as a career, without getting in to debt. It provides you with experience in the workplace which a lot of employers look for on your CV. My school heavily promoted going to university without showing us what other options were out there, this made me even more determined to explore alternative career paths. I’m glad I did this as now I’m in a role which I find incredibly interesting and varied.”