“I am on my second apprenticeship, I heard about the first one through my sister’s boyfriend who was doing an apprenticeship here and was raving about it. So, with that in mind, I thought why not as I’m not really the classroom type.”
How long have you been in post here and are you enjoying it?
“I’ve been working here for just over one year, and I’m on my second apprenticeship so I am really enjoying it, the people are nice and I very much enjoy the work side of it which is always important.”
What courses have you completed so far?
“I’ve done my NPLQ quite a while back with Stacey, Level 1 and 2 Swimming Teaching with Mick, Level 2 Pool Plant course which was very interesting and a few CPDs. I hope to get a few more in this year.”
What’s the best thing about your apprenticeship so far?
“In general, just the fact that I am working whilst getting loads back from it, it’s not like most jobs where I’m just plodding along not getting anywhere, I’m progressing faster than I would in any other job, I am getting loads of qualifications, loads of input from my peers and getting plenty of support.”
Is this your first proper job, and how do you find the transition from school into work?
“I am nineteen, so it’s my first full time job but I’ve done lots of different part-time things since I could work, from gardening to café’ work, to paper rounds, so a bit of everything. School I really enjoyed, college I enjoyed but I wasn’t very successful at it. I got to the end of college and realized I couldn’t hack another three years of sitting in a classroom and really wanted to get out there and start learning properly so I found it really easy to transition because it was just a lot easier and a lot more realistic.”
What do you hope to do after your apprenticeship?
“I am not really sure yet, I am taking it as it comes. I am currently doing a management apprenticeship so my general idea is to go into management in the leisure industry. I think I need to do a lot more looking to really work it out but no one really knows exactly what they want to do.
How have you found the tutors so far?
“Really good, that’s probably one of the biggest jumps from school into this has been the fact that you understand the teachers on a more personal level purely because you’re there because you want to be there and the tutors are just really friendly, When I see them walking around the Centre, I always try to have a little catch up. They are really nice and really know what they’re talking about and you can tell when they’re teaching that they are very experienced and passionate.
Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
“Yeah, a few, I play guitar, I cycle a lot (more for practical reasons), I am learning Latin (I thought as I am not doing much academic stuff, I’d give myself a bit of a challenge).
Was Swim UK helpful during the induction process?
“Very much so, I didn’t really feel like it was much of a process, I just went straight into work. Robin popped up asking me to sign a few things and then it was done.”