Back to BlogWhy I Chose an Apprenticeship: Jenna’s Story #HereBecauseOf

Apprenticeships offer young people the chance to earn whilst they learn and gain valuable workplace experience – often, straight out of school. They offer school leavers an alternative to further or higher education, where they can still expect to leave with recognised qualifications and a chance at a good job.

Jenna, our youngest staff member, recently joined us on our recruitment consultant Apprenticeship Scheme.  Here’s what she had to say about it:

Q: So, why did you decide to leave school and look for an apprenticeship, and was that always your plan?

A: It wasn’t always my plan. I originally wanted to stay on until the end of 6th year and then go on to university. I was a school ambassador and was excited to get involved in all the fun aspects of my last year at school such as prom etc., so people were shocked when I left part way through the year. I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore and was keen to get out and enter the ‘real’ world – I felt like I had made the most of my time in school and was more than ready to move on with my life.

Q: How are you settling into adult life, working full time? Are you enjoy the contrast from school?

A: I really enjoy it actually, I love the longer days and being busy. The commuting isn’t ideal as I was close to my school before so I’m not used to it, but it’s nothing major. I like the contrast from school, being respected and treated as an equal in a working environment is a really refreshing change.

Q: Have you found the buddy system we have in place here at FPS has helped you settle in to your new role?

A: I think it’s a great idea, Jordan and Gavin are both very patient and helpful. It’s good to know the support is there and that I’m not expected to immediately be able to do everything perfectly. The level of support offered is excellent. Jordan started out as an apprentice too, so he knows what it’s like and can give me advice on how best to approach some of the tasks. The buddy system has made it easier to integrate into the office as I’ve made friends faster and have found it easier to speak to my colleagues.

Q: You’ve been in your new role 2 months now, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned?

A: The most valuable thing I’ve learned is how to conduct myself in a professional manner i.e. what’s expected of me and how to fit into an office environment. I’ve gained confidence and matured in a way that many of my peers at school won’t until years to come, I’m getting a head start in that sense.

Q: Overall, are you enjoying your experience as an Apprentice?

A: Yes, I think it’s a good route into the workplace. I don’t feel pressured to know everything and be perfect straight away as people don’t expect me to be. I feel like my colleagues are more willing to help and expect me to ask questions, which puts me at ease. I enjoy meeting with my apprentice facilitator every fortnight to review my progress and make plans for the future – it’s a great opportunity to gather ideas for my career within FPS.

Q: What do you like about FPS?

A: I love the whole FPS brand and how professional and fitting it is to the work that we do. The company as a whole is great and treats their staff well, which I think is important as the horror stories of some workplaces made me nervous. The staff retention here is high and I feel like I have room to grow. There are opportunities here to establish myself in the recruitment industry and I’m eager to see what the future holds.

We have various vacancies at FPS, including apprenticeships and trainee programmes – search our website now for recent opportunities.  We are proud to be supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week and have an ongoing dedication to providing employment opportunities for young people.