Abbey Tunstall, 21, of Dalton, is an IT apprentice who relishes studying in a working environment at Furness College in Barrow-in-Furness.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
The reason for choosing an apprenticeship was because I wanted to carry on working full time as well as working towards an IT qualification.
As this was the career path I was interested in taking, I decided that the best option for me was ‘earn while you learn’ which is part of what an apprenticeship entails. Being an apprentice allows me to earn a wage while working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.
Why did you choose Furness College to study with?
As I knew several people who had completed their courses with excellent grades, it showed to me that the quality of training provided was above and beyond. I chose Furness College due to its excellent reputation around the local area and the convenience it has for being close to where I live.
What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy the fact that I am in a working environment. It definitely has a huge impact in helping me towards my qualification and makes the whole apprenticeship much more interesting.
The extra benefit for me is that I work within Furness College, so I have easy access to further help if I need it. My team are excellent in supporting me with my college work, and I like the fact my monthly reviews with my assessor mean if I have any questions to ask or if I am stuck on a specific part of my work, I can receive the help I need before the work needs to be submitted.
Why would you recommend an apprenticeship?
I would recommend an apprenticeship as it allows you to build up the knowledge and skills needed in your workplace, whilst gaining the right qualifications and earning money all at the same time. The training received allows you to be shown the right skills in order for you to become a fully qualified member of staff.
Click here to read why apprenticeships at Furness College offer a fantastic opportunity for young people in South Cumbria.
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