I think the best thing about being an apprentice is being able to gain a qualification whilst being on the job as well. Being an apprentice fills the gap between full-time employment and education and being an apprentice at Camden Collective is great because there’s so many creative start-ups in our building - there’s around 400 start-ups in this one building, so it’s really good being around people who are encouraging and they always push you to do more than what you think your capable of. In terms of career ambition I’ve always wanted to start my own clothing line or become a dancer but I think being an apprentice I’ve had a more realistic look on what I want to be in life. I now really think I’d like to be an advocate ambassador for apprenticeships, just because it has literally been a life changing experience since I became an apprentice.
What initially attracted me to doing an apprenticeship was being able to be in full time education and gain a qualification at the same time whilst working. I don’t think there are many opportunities out there to do that and bring the benefits of what an apprenticeship does and that’s really what attracted me in the first place being at college. I was doing dance at first but whilst looking into apprenticeships and the variety of apprenticeships that you can do that’s what attracted me the most.
The advice I would give to other people considering an apprenticeship is that university isn’t the only option out there; there are so many other routes you can go down. People do tend to think that an apprenticeship is an easy way out to not going to university but that’s not the case at all. If I was to go university now I would say I’m more prepared now than I would have been before starting my apprenticeship.