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For National Apprenticeship week, we spoke to some of our employees who have or are currently completing an apprenticeship course here at Daisy.

Hannah Checkley, our Marketing Assistant joined as a part of our Kickstart scheme last year and has recently made the decision to stay on as an apprentice! We asked Hannah why she chose to stay, and here’s what she said:

I chose to stay on at Daisy because I really enjoy working here – but not only that, I think it will be a good way to expand my skills and will present new opportunities to me in the future.

I am thinking about going into marketing as a career but doing it for my preferred field which is Art, design and dance. I am going to work towards that, and I feel getting the degree and learning even more will help me to do so.

Apprenticeships can be completed at any time – our HR Manager, Betsy Darlington, completed the Level 5 Operational Management course whilst already having an established role within the company. We asked what advice she has for anyone considering an apprenticeship:

Apprenticeships take time, effort and long-term commitment. My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship is to be very clear on what you want to achieve and why. This will help you find the right course for you – know what you are letting yourself in for! Make sure that you have equal commitment from your manager and your team as some of your working time will need to be spent on tasks for the apprenticeship and you will need to manage your normal workload accordingly.

I had the opportunity to manage a big project as part of my apprenticeship (implementing the Cascade HR system) and to learn and implement the learning as I went along. It has really helped me to develop my confidence and my career so that I am ready for the next level and the challenges that come with it.

Debbie McNamara is our Head of Learning & Development, and has played a huge part in developing the apprenticeships programme at Daisy. Here’s what Debbie had to say about making sure you get the most out of your apprenticeship:

“My advice for someone considering an apprenticeship would be to make sure that the apprenticeship they’re considering is relevant for the role that they’re in/want to progress into and that the timing is right for them to commit fully to the programme. An apprenticeship is structured to ensure that the learning is transferred back to your role in the business and that individuals are able to provide evidence to support how they’ve developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to each apprenticeship. It’s a marathon not a sprint, however for committed people, an apprenticeship programme can help people take their career to the next level.”

We’re currently recruiting for a First Line Support Apprentice. Click here for more information.