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Elrich joined in 2016 as a Level 3 Business Administration apprentice and when he'd finished that he started the Level 6 Chartered Manager's degree apprenticeship.
Tell us a bit about your career so far:Read more
What were you doing before you joined?
Sixth form in Swindon and working part time at B&Q
What was it that appealed to you?
The idea of getting paid for a good job while earning a qualification, and getting your foot in the door of a major organisation in their head office
Tell us a little bit about your apprenticeship so far?
I initially had an unconditional university offer. Not knowing what I wanted to do at the time, I applied for the apprenticeship on my lunch break at sixth form. When my application was successful, I deferred my uni place as a ‘back up’ option, but never looked back! Since joining, I’ve been given opportunities to complete other professional courses along side my day job and apprenticeship. I’ve been promoted twice, having started as a Disaster Recovery Analyst, and moved to a new job as a Strategy and Performance Consultant in February 2020.
What support has been available to you?
The Emerging Talent team have been amazing; they provide a dedicated ‘go to’ for any questions and support you need, as well as providing exciting opportunities and training events.
Besides your day-to-day role, what other opportunities else have you had?
I’ve used my volunteering days helping out at a local college and school to help kids learn how to manage their finances post-education. I’ve been nominated by the ET team for 'Apprentice of the Year' at the National Apprenticeship Awards, helped at various events such as the careers fair in Swindon, and National Apprenticeship Week.
I've organised charity days and team away-days, and my role gives me insight into how the organisation works as a whole.
What’s been the biggest benefit of being on a Nationwide apprenticeship?
Being able to learn while earning, and the amount of support available to you. You’re not on your own and you always have someone to turn to if you ever need help. For me, my apprenticeship has never held me back in any way and has allowed me to really develop myself.
Tell me your biggest learning so far?
That even a small piece of work can have an impact across the business and also the importance of developing key working relationships with people. It makes your job much easier if you know the people you need help from.
What challenges have you faced?
One of the biggest challenges is having lectures twice a week in the evenings as it does sometimes prove hard to fit everything in, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.
What advice would you give someone considering an apprenticeship at Nationwide?
Weigh up your options, if you’re planning to go straight into work then an apprenticeship is a great route as it gives you a qualification and a permanent job from day 1. Do some research and see if there are apprenticeships available in an area of study that you want to do, it gives you great on the job experience you can use to develop your career. If you’re considering university, look at the pros and cons of both and then make an informed decision.Read less