As the LEAP initiative begins to make a difference across the Lewes District, Rachael Page has spoken of why she chose to become an apprentice.
She has offered key tips on how to go about it, and the new career paths that can be opened up by obtaining nationally recognised qualifications.
LEAP is the Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform, serving apprentices, businesses and entrepreneurs.
Rachael said: “I decided to apply for an apprenticeship because I wanted a change in career and felt that it would be a good way to gain experience of working in an office as well as gaining qualifications at the same time.
“When the option of an apprenticeship was mentioned to me I had a few doubts, but after I had researched it a bit, I decided to take the LEAP.”
One of the attractions is that you can earn while you learn.
Rachael continued: “In my first year I completed a Business and Administration Level 2 and enjoyed it so much I went on to complete the Level 3 Diploma the following year. I would thoroughly recommend anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to find out more and to have a look around to see what is available to them.
“Not only do you have the support of colleagues from the workplace, you also have the support of your tutors. Apprentices usually work full time and then attend college one day a week, although other training options are available.”
Rachael said it was a great way to learn new skills. “Apprenticeships have had such an impact on me that I am now the new LEAP Project Officer at Lewes District Council.
“To anyone thinking about an apprenticeship I would say go for it! I really enjoyed my apprenticeship. It’s a great way to learn new skills and gain on the job experience as well as the chance to meet some great people.”
The Lewes District Council-led LEAP service seeks to connect people with local employers and training opportunities.
If you would like to find out more get in contact with Rachael and the LEAP team on 0300 330 1450, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://yourleap.co.uk
Cllr Rob Blackman, Lead Member for Business, Economic Development and Tourism, said: “There are 2,500 businesses within the Lewes District and we want to talk to as many as possible who have thought about taking on an apprentice and would like to find out more.
“I would urge local businesses to contact the LEAP team to discuss how the initiative can help you and your busineses.”