Callum Heath, 17, is currently studying an apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching & Learning in PE & School Sport at Bee Active.
Q. Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
A. I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to get into the workplace and start earning a wage, but I was keen to continue learning so I could gain a qualification ans get the career I wanted. Working as an apprentice gives me the best of both worlds as i'm earning and learning at the same time.
Q. What does your typical day in the workplace include?
A. No two days are the same in my role and that is what I love. We travel to various local primary schools, high schools, nurseries and care homes throughout the week where the Bee Active team deliver a variety of sports, exciting games and activities for children and young adults to experience and improve their skills whilst having fun with friends. As we can often be in different locations daily, i'm always meeting new people and working with different abilities, some with learning difficulties and disabilities. It's a really rewarding job and it's great to finish the day knowing that that you have helped and supported others.
Q. What skills have you developed during your apprenticeship?
A. During my apprenticeship I have developed lots of new skills, mainly to do with my confidence and communication. Because of the on-the-job training I have received, I am now able to lead on my activity sessions by instructing and explaining confidently to large groups what they need to do. By doing this I have also developed my leadership skills which has helped me to become a better coach. I don't think I would've grown in confidence as much as I have if I wasn't studying an apprenticeship.
Q. What is your college/work life balance like?
A. At first, I did find it slightly challenging trying to balance work commitments, studying and socialising with my family and friends. However, I quickly learnt how to juggle it all and make sure I complete my coursework after work in the week so that when it comes to the weekend I can switch off.
Q. How did you choose what apprenticeship programme to study?
I initially approached Bee Active to enquire about working for them after I had left school, as the company has a great reputation and delivered the work that I wanted to get into. Unfortunately, at the time I didn't have the right qualifications and experience for them to offer me a full-time job, but they saw something in me and said I would make a great addition to their team. The managers at Bee Active suggested they take me on as as apprentice, which I hadn't even thought of. I visited one of the College's Open Events, got some course advice and applied straight away.
Q. How did you feel when you were offered the work placement at Bee Active?
A. I was thrilled! It was such a great opportunity and one that I didn't want to miss. All of my managers and colleagues are really friendly, approachable and are great role models. I'm proud to be part of the Bee Active team and proud to be an apprentice at NSCG.
Q. What support do you receive from your assessor?
A. I tend to have contact with my assessor weekly, whether it's by email or text. If we have a general review or observation, then she will observe me in the workplace and feedback on any areas I can improve on. Often, if I am completing a piece of work for Bee Active, I sometimes ask if I can pass the work on for her to briefly check to see where I can improve.
Q. What would you say to somebody thinking about studying an apprenticeship?
A. Go for it! I have found it really beneficial and it's helped me to get into a job that I love. An apprenticeship gives you the chance to earn a wage and gain real-life work experience skills for the future, all at the same time, You're able to gain a recognised qualification, whilst being taught by experienced industry professionals.
For more information on studying an apprenticeship at NSCG, visit https://nscg.ac.uk/apprentices...