My experience as an apprentice at CPP Group UK

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place 3rd to 9th of February, and celebrates the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers, and the economy.

I’m Mia Smith, business administration apprentice for CPP Group UK.

I decided to write a blog to reflect on my experiences as an apprentice at CPP and discuss how beneficial it has been to me and the impact on the business Iíve had.

When I first started my apprenticeship at CPP Group, I wasnít sure what to expect. I was apprehensive about a few things Ė what if I didnít learn anything? What if I was given no responsibility? Had I made the right choice by deciding not to go to university? Now that Iím halfway through my apprenticeship, it is clear that my worries were very much unfounded.

From my first day at CPP Group I have been involved with every aspect of the business. As well as providing the team with ad-hoc administrative support, my responsibilities include managing diaries, helping to write social media posts (and blogs!), and assisting with operational activities. This has given me the chance to find out what I enjoy, and to decide where I want to take my career and development. It has also given me real insight into how a business works. For example, I have been trusted to have direct contact with business partners, and I am instrumental in the on-boarding process. I never thought i’d have this level of interaction within a few months of my role. I have also been involved in tasks such as updating business continuity plans and compliance reports. This has been invaluable to me; I have gained knowledge that you just canít get from a textbook.

Mia Smith, Business Admin Apprentice for CPP Group UK

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Originally, I believed that apprenticeships were just for people who wanted to work in manual jobs, but this couldnít be further from the truth. There are now apprenticeships available for almost every line of work, including marketing, business management and commercial enterprise.

Apprenticeships provide a great alternative to university for people like me who learn more and quicker through doing an activity as opposed to just reading about it. Not only that, but the hands-on experience gained through apprenticeships provides a great foundation for your future career. Apprenticeships are beneficial for employers too – *86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation, while 78 per cent said apprenticeships improved productivity.

I wouldnít hesitate in recommending apprenticeships as a step on the career ladder to anyone considering it and encourage other businesses to support young professionals gaining real life business experience. Working as an apprentice at CPP Group has been an amazing experience and I canít wait to see where it takes my career.

†(*Source: Apprenticeship Evaluation 2017: Employers).

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