Earn As You Learn: The New Way Of Working

Published : Mon 11th Jun

Imagine a world where you could love going to work every day because you were in an industry you loved? Traditionally, by age 16, our future career choices have become limited by what GCSEs and then A Levels we’ve chosen. By the time we’re in our 30s, it may seem like we’re destined to stay in this industry forever, and once we’ve been in a career for a few decades, it can seem like we’re stuck in a box. We’ve been typecast.

What if there was a different way? What if there was another option, that didn’t mean giving up a salary and gave you the freedom to choose your own career path?

Apprenticeships are revolutionising the workplace. Earning as you’re learning opens up more opportunities to both young workers who don’t want to (or can’t afford to) go to University, as well as career changers at any point in their career.

We caught up with Emily, when she was half way through an Apprenticeship in the National Trust’s IT department, for a chat about how her apprenticeship is going and what she’s hoping to get out of it.

Why did you first choose to apply for an apprenticeship?

I knew I wasn’t currently in a job role or sector that I felt I could pursue a career and advance in. I applied for an apprenticeship because I wanted to still be in work whilst training. Having the chance to do both classroom learning and ‘real life’ learning and still earning a wage is what really interested me in the role.

Best thing about the apprenticeship?

I like that I am learning things that I wouldn’t learn at college. Having on the job experience helps me learn more alongside the college work required.

I also enjoy the Volunteer Days we do in the IT department across all our properties.

Any challenges?

For me, the challenge is learning the technical side of my course. Luckily my colleagues are alongside to help and explain anything I don’t understand. 

How have the college supported you?

I have a day release at college every week and they have been very supportive throughout the course. As the course is filled with students with different previous knowledge and experience they have put extra effort in with their teaching and learning so everyone can fully qualify together with the same knowledge.

Plans for the future

I am really hoping to continue with a position in the Trust once my apprenticeship has finished and I am qualified. I also wish to look further into the possibility of Project Management. 

Any advice for anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

I would say definitely apply! It is the best career choice I have made so far and I wouldn’t ever look back.

Find out more about Apprenticeships with the National Trust.