What’s it like being an apprentice at SCW?

Apprenticeship 2021

Apprentices make up a vital part of our workforce. We encourage our people to take on training and apprenticeships while working, to gain new skills and progress their careers.

Apprentices make up a vital part of our workforce. We encourage our people to take on training and apprenticeships while working, to gain new skills and progress their careers. If you’re thinking about becoming an apprentice, find out more information here

Becky Webb is halfway through her Operational Management apprenticeship. She shares her experience of the scheme so far:

What were you doing before your apprenticeship and why did you choose this one?

Before becoming a mum, I was a qualified financial adviser and compliance manager. I knew I didn’t want to return to this position, so I had a part time role in SCW as a Senior Personal Assistant when I considered an apprenticeship for myself. As the majority of my role was actually around operational planning and programmes, I felt the Level 5 Operational Management apprenticeship was appropriate to further my career.

What’s been your favourite experience or project as an apprentice?

It’s been slightly odd as the plans Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust (HHFT) had for the apprenticeship course were cancelled due to Covid. I am the only one of the original cohort with HHFT, but recently a new cohort have joined me. So, we have started group MS Teams to discuss and share ideas. This helps going forward and enables me to talk to many others in varying roles within the NHS doing the same qualification. Hopefully (depending on Covid restrictions) I will soon be able to shadow my peers in the hospital setting, which I look forward to.

What skills have you learnt?

 So far, I’ve increased my knowledge of the processes and models involved in leadership and management, project management, management of self and many other areas.

How do you juggle your learning and working time?

It has been difficult due to the events of the last year and as a result I have been involved in Covid projects within SCW. However, I have learnt and had experiences during this process that I can use as examples for my skills assignments.

I can also count this time towards off-the-job study time, which you have to demonstrate you are doing to the examiners. All learning is useful. I have managed to write the knowledge assignments, but it does take a degree of self-discipline, I would say.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start an apprenticeship?

Make sure you’re interested in the course and that it, preferably, has some relevance to your role so your manager will see the benefit to you as well as them as they’ll need to approve it. You need to be self-motivated, but it can be really rewarding. I already feel the benefit not only in knowledge, but also in career progression and opportunities – and I’m only halfway through!

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