Apprenticeship Profile – Frances Lawson

Frances worked at Millthorpe as an Apprentice Teaching Assistant from September 2015 to July 2016.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

When I finished College I was unsure of exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to work with young people, having enjoyed working in Quaker Youth events previously. I considered university but could not find a course that inspired me and I was not sure I was ready for university yet. So I investigated other options and an apprenticeship appealed to me. It was a chance to work with young people and to help me decide if that was what I wanted to work towards, whilst also earning a wage.

What did your apprenticeship teach you?

Working at Millthorpe gave me the experience of having a full time job, and strengthened many important skills e.g. communication. In addition it helped to shape me as a person and figure out my goals for the future. I really enjoyed my apprenticeship, all the staff I worked with were so supportive and really made me feel welcome. I think a great thing about apprenticeships is you are thrown into the world of work at quite a young age (most of the time) meaning you really grow as a person as you deal with the pressures of a ‘real life’ job. It enabled me to become more confident and be able to work as part of a team, which has helped me when I’ve looked for future employment while at university.

Where did your apprenticeship take you?

The qualification I gained would allow me to apply for a Teaching Assistant TA2 role, and the experience will help me when applying for any job in the future. I think doing an apprenticeship was a really efficient way to spend my transition time between school and university, it also enabled me to decide what I really wanted to do, which is a degree in psychology, and hopefully then to go into educational psychology. I don’t know if I would have reached this decision if it wasn’t for my apprenticeship! Also being paid to learn is a bonus!