Here at TVS Education, we are extremely proud of all apprentices who take on their apprenticeship journey with us. Even more so when they receive a distinction following their end-point-assessment and realise that all their hard work has paid off!
To get an insight into how one such apprentice found their experience, we spoke to Hannah, who recently received a distinction after completing the Community Activator Coach apprenticeship with us and her employer, Premier Education Group.
You recently completed your apprenticeship and secured a distinction. Congratulations!!! How did you feel when you received your results?
I felt relieved and over the moon, it meant that all my hard work had paid off, which I was thankful for. I didn’t expect to get a distinction so that was just an added bonus for me.
Have you always wanted to work in the physical activity sector?
I began my employment going along the healthcare route initially, but sport had always been an interest of mine. I thought it would be beneficial for me to get a qualification in it whilst I was still young so that a few more doors would open.
What have you found to be the benefits of being an apprentice?
Most people you meet are happy to help when you need it. I gained a great deal of my knowledge from asking questions. This was often about ideas for lessons but also methods to use for behavioural management.
Do you have a stand-out/most rewarding moment from your apprenticeship?
With every lesson that ran smoothly from start to finish, I felt a great sense of achievement. I could see how much fun the children were having but also how much they had learnt. I also loved giving out the trophy/certificate at the end of every after-school club. I always tried to pick the child that expected it the least so that I could give them a boost to be more confident.
Can you describe the support you received from TVS tutors and your employer?
My tutor Nick ran masterclasses which helped massively. Meeting with him in person enabled us as apprentices to get help and advice there and then for theory work and teaching lessons.
My manager Hayley from Premier Education was supportive in every way. She helped me to become a better coach not only by helping with ideas but by helping my confidence as a coach. She believed I could be better and knowing that someone felt that way helped me to believe it too.
Would you consider doing a higher-level apprenticeship to continue developing your career?
For now, I want to use the qualification I have just gained but I won’t rule anything out if all goes well.
Where do you see your career going from here?
I will continue working to be a better coach and hopefully I will be given my own school to deliver PE and clubs in.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship and why?
Yes! With the right support you can become a highly qualified person in your role. The process is steady, enabling everyone to progress at their own pace.
We’d like to thank Hannah for sharing her experience with us and wish her all the best in her career as an activity coach.
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.