The popular appeal of an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are now a recognised route into employment with many young people realising the benefits of gaining qualifications and work experience while getting paid.

Stephanie Crum is one of six Modern Apprentices specialising in Business and Administration at City of Glasgow College.

For the 19 year old from Baillieston, who didn’t enjoy the school environment, the apprenticeship offered an attractive alternative to college or university.

“For me, an apprenticeship was a good way to get work experience, a qualification and get paid. Going to college or university at this stage didn’t appeal so I read up on Modern Apprenticeships and decided that was the route for me,” explained Stephanie.

“At the time I was looking, City of Glasgow College was advertising for six roles within business and admin so I applied and got an interview. I was interested in the breakdown of roles within Student Records so registered my interest in that post and got it,” she added.

Like all the Modern Apprentices, Stephanie’s role is a mix of on the job training and regular assessments. The former St Ambrose High pupil is currently working towards an SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification) at SCQF Level 6.

Lizann Gunning, Student Records Coordinator, is Stephanie’s line manager at City of Glasgow College. She said:

“Stephanie started with us in November 2017. It has been great to see her blossom in confidence and fully develop into a valued member of our team. She is now working towards her SCQF Level 6 and so further developing her range and depth of knowledge and skills within our department.”

The apprenticeship is certainly living up to Stephanie’s expectations.

“Adjusting to meeting people and learning the different aspects of the job has helped my confidence,” she explains.

“I really enjoy working in Student Records, and at the college. It’s a good environment to work in. Every day is different and I get a real sense of satisfaction in helping to clear up student queries.

“I like working with different computer software and the challenge of a more complex system. My apprenticeship is due to end in November this year so my goal is to get a full time job, and hopefully with City of Glasgow College.”