Success Stories: Lauren Bullard, Level 3 School Sports

“I’ve always enjoyed sports and worked at Nuffield Health alongside studying Education Studies at university before I started my apprenticeship. Teaching gave me the opportunity to share my passion for sports with the next generation.”

We caught up with Lauren who completed her Level 3 School Sports apprenticeship with Skills Group while working at Stoke Damerel Community College. After successfully achieving her qualification, Lauren was offered permanent employment at the school as a Welfare Officer for Year 7.

“It was lovely to finish my apprenticeship and then go straight into a permanent job. The school offered me the position as they wanted to keep me on, which I’m very grateful for. An apprenticeship definitely throws you in at the deep end, however it was great for growing my confidence and getting lots of experience. I learnt more through the apprenticeship than I did on my university course, as I spent every day with the children getting hands-on teaching practice.

“During the apprenticeship, I led PE lessons across the school and was involved in running gymnastics and cheerleading clubs. I also had to do ten hours of cover per week so also got to experience classroom-based teaching; no two days were the same. The apprenticeship was hard work, but very rewarding to make a difference to the children’s lives.

“I thought the apprenticeship structure was set out very well. The level of support at Skills Group was great and my assessor was brilliant; he was so helpful.
“My advice for anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be to make sure you’re fully prepared and committed. I went to university first, so I knew how to plan my workload and meet deadlines. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship – I enjoyed it more than my university course and I got far more practical experience out of it.”

Congratulations Lauren and best of luck for your exciting new career!

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School