For National Apprenticeship Week (4th – 8th March) the London branch of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network are running a social media campaign around the theme of #LoveApprenticeships to showcase apprenticeships, apprentices and apprentice employers. As we’re very proud to champion apprenticeships and think they are worth shouting about, we asked our current ‘students’ what they love about their own apprenticeship with us:
Anjola joined our Infrastructure Apprenticeship Programme in 2018, he loves that he can advance his career earlier. “I started looking at my options, found the Accenture Apprenticeship and thought ‘oh wow’ as Accenture was a company I was always going to apply to when I was ready for a graduate position. It therefore made perfect sense to get my foot in the door sooner.” As well as work and study, he's also finding time to get involved in extra-curricular activities too! “Accenture has lots of clubs and societies you can join and I’m part of the basketball club - we usually go training every Sunday and play in the corporate league on a Tuesday, which is a lot of fun. I’m also involved with the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN), a network of Apprentices who help to raise the profile of apprenticeships across the country, challenge pre-conceived ideas people have and get them thinking about all their options.”
Ekansh is also involved with YAAN which he currently chairs and, he also finds the time to sit on the Institute for Apprenticeships panel where he gets to discuss the apprenticeship landscape with MP Anne Milton, Minister of State at the Department for Education. For him, it’s all about the extraordinary opportunities his apprenticeship offers. “We have such a huge variety of opportunities within Accenture but there are also co-curricular activities alongside work. I think I’ve given my career a head-start or boost in a way and progressing at a faster rate than if I’d gone straight to university. The sky’s the limit really, because you can get involved in so much.”
Mia adds “six months into my first project and I was already fully competent in navigating the migration tools, communicating with key stakeholders daily, hosting meetings and representing changes to client boards. Time has flown by, and it feels like I’ve never learnt so much in my life. Great role, great team, great location – and debt-free.”
Luke is now in the 3rd year of his apprenticeship scheme and agrees with Mia and Ekansh on the opportunities that have personally opened-up for him. “There are so many opportunities that I’m given, whether it be training, networking, the different projects or simply helping at recruitment events. But, I love the diversity you find here, be that the diversity of people I work with, or the diverse technologies I get to work on.”
As an enthusiastic baker, Kathryn loves treating the office to homemade cakes! But also says “I think the best thing so far has been my exposure to the working environment as it’s very different from what you’d expect and get from school. You learn so many more life skills, like how to present yourself and introduce yourself to other people, which is something you can’t really pick up in education.”
Rob found his way to Accenture via Movement to Work and will complete his degree this year. “I’d say the last two years have been the most exciting. I’ve worked on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) project, I’m doing a lot of stuff with AWS Cloud Services and got involved in some really interesting proof of concept work - all with really good clients.” But it’s not just the work that Rob has loved so far. “I have been very lucky with the things I’ve been able to do. I’ve been on Sky News talking about apprenticeships, I’ve been nominated for Apprentice of the Year two years in a row and recently nominated by Movement to Work for their Rising Star Award. Just getting the recognition for the work that I’ve done is really delighting.”
If you #LoveApprenticeships, find out more about our opportunities here.
If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, why not follow us on Instagram and hear more from Luke, Kathryn and Anjola as we share their ‘Stories’ of work and life as an Apprentice here – you’ll find the stories added to our profile during National Apprenticeship Week.