Here at TVS Education, we are extremely proud of all apprentices who take on their apprenticeship journey with us. 

To get an insight into how one such apprentice found their experience, we spoke to our very own team member Charlie, who recently received a distinction in the Team Leader standard after being the first apprentice to complete his End Point Assessment remotely during Covid-19.  He has some good tips for anyone just starting out on their apprenticeship journey…

 

 

charlie walshe

You recently completed your second apprenticeship and secured a distinction. Amazing!!! How did you feel when you received your results?

Really happy that all the hard work paid off! Excited to progress onto further education and further develop my skillset.

Why did you choose to do another apprenticeship and why Team Leader?

It seemed like the right next step for me in my professional journey and the qualification involved all the aspects that I was keen to develop. I had a positive experience in my first apprenticeship, which led me onto undertaking the Team Leader standard.

What have you found to be the benefits of being an apprentice for the last 4 years?

I think the main benefit is being able to learn as well as being active in the job role, giving me valuable experience in the industry, alongside acquiring accredited qualifications, which will only help me to progress onto my desired career path. Being an apprentice gives you the best of both worlds in my opinion!

Do you have a stand-out moment/most rewarding moment from your apprenticeship?

I think for me, the standout moment was receiving my results and thinking all the hard work was 100% worth it! Receiving praise from tutors and colleagues was a very rewarding moment as well and made me feel proud of my achievements so far.

As a staff member of TVS Education, along with Train With Premier, did you feel you were treated any differently on your apprenticeship journey?

I don’t feel like I’ve been treated any differently. I attended all masterclasses and all other parts of the programme, along with other learners from different businesses. We were all on the same journey together. 

Did the Covid-19 pandemic affect your route to the End Point Assessment?
During the pandemic, TVS were very quick with their contingency plans and we were able to organise remote meetings with our learner support coach so we could carry on preparing for EPA and complete the apprenticeship within the given timeframe.
What is the End Point Assessment like? Is it as scary as it sounds? Can you give any new apprentices some tips on how to handle the EPA?

The End Point Assessment is nothing to be scared of! As long as you have prepared for it to the best of your ability, you should go into the EPA with confidence ready to smash it! I think the best tip for the professional discussions (which is probably the scarier part!) is to treat it as a conversation with another person, rather than an exam with an invigilator. You know the answers because you do it every day in your job role.

Would you consider doing another apprenticeship to continue developing your career?

100% – I am now looking at progressing onto an Operations Manager standard to further develop my skillset and progress on the career path I’m looking to follow.

Where do you see your career going from here?

After taking on more responsibilities within my role as a result of my Team Leader apprenticeship, I am now looking at progressing my leadership skills further to put myself in a position to take on a management role in the future.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship and why?

I would 100% recommend an apprenticeship to anyone looking to develop their skills. There is no barrier on being an apprentice and learning new things! It’s a chance to gain a recognised qualification, while acquiring valuable experience in your chosen industry. It’s a no-brainer!

 

 

We’d like to thank Charlie for sharing his experience with us. As you can see, he has offered some valuable insight into the real-life experiences of being an apprentice.

Apprenticeships can be a phenomenal way to learn a new skill, experience a new sector, or upskill the knowledge you already have. With options available from entry level to higher-level, there’s something to suit everyone. 

If you would like to find out more about our apprenticeship provisions and develop your career like Charlie did, contact us today or take a look at our learner section.