Apprenticeships: Changing The Direction of Routes Into Work

Published : Thu 30th Jan

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we caught up with our Apprenticeship Manager, Caroline Noon, to find out a bit more about her role and the fantastic opportunities coming up in the world of Apprenticeships.

Why are apprenticeships important to you?

I am lucky enough to be involved in shaping not only the careers of our apprentices but also the direction of the Trust through the new routes the organisation is able to develop and offer. With the changing landscape of apprenticeships, I believe there are real opportunities to expand our entry routes into the Trust and this gives our organisation another tool to help us expand and develop, whilst looking after our special places for ever, for everyone. When I was younger there were not so many opportunities to develop your skills in as many areas as there are now and apprenticeships offer exciting new options, as well as a great cost-effective alternative to the more traditional university development route.

How long have you worked for The National Trust?

I started working for the Trust in January 2018, having worked in Learning and Development for almost 20 years before that, with a growing interest in apprenticeships for the last 5 years.

What inspires you to come to work every day?

I enjoy exploring development opportunities in both traditional and new areas the Trust hadn’t previously considered or been able to offer. It’s an exciting time to be involved in apprenticeships and I love that no two days are the same. Every day is interesting and I am learning about the impact and opportunities that are available. I love my job and am lucky enough to get paid to do something I not only truly enjoy, but also believe passionately in.

What advice would you give to someone new in a similar role?

This is a great place to work – I get to meet amazing people from all walks of life at beautiful and interesting locations – how many other roles give you the chance to do that?

How does a typical day in the life of your role look?

There is no typical day, but then I am sure a lot of people say that! I can be based in the office or working from home, out meeting training providers and colleges, attending seminars and conferences, meeting with my counterparts in other organiations, be involved in assessment days, answering questions or meeting line managers and apprentices on site. I am the go-to person for apprenticeship queries within the Trust and as a result, try to get out and about as much as I can to support as needed. I get to go to some wonderful places and talk about a subject that I am passionate about.

Would you like to find out more about the apprenticeships we offer and the journey from school to work? Our apprenticeships landing page has all the info you’ll need plus a link to the government website to apply for roles.