11 February 2022

National Apprenticeship Week – Clare’s Story

The final Apprentice spotlight shines on our very own Clare Hancock, who completed an Operations / Departmental Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship, allowing her to scale new heights within her career!

Enrolling on the apprenticeship when she was in her late 30s, Clare says that the Apprenticeship gave her progression opportunities that she otherwise would not have experienced, and enabled her to be much more adaptable within her role.

Apprenticeship being undertaken with Acacia Training

Operations / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship – Level 5

How would you rate your experience of the Apprenticeship?

5 out of 5!

What work experience or level of qualification did you have before you started your Apprenticeship?

I have always worked since I was 16, but during my career I have been fortunate to access multiple opportunities through further education. I did have a prior level 5 qualification but in different field so this was a completely new sector to learn about.

How would you describe an Apprenticeship to someone who is not familiar with Apprenticeships?

I didn’t start my Apprenticeship until I was in my late 30’s, I thought I had done all my learning but I was given a further opportunity through Acacia that would allow me to progress further in my career. My apprenticeship allowed me to learn on the job, it was completely flexible to my commitments, my tutor was very engaged and knowledgeable – I would definitely recommend an Apprenticeship to anyone considering one.

What encouraged you to undertake an Apprenticeship?

For me it was the progression opportunities and that the course would enable me to be more adaptable within my role.

Has the Apprenticeship enabled you to progress in your career and / or achieve personal goals?

Following on from the completion on my Apprenticeship I was successful in applying for a senior management role within Acacia and my growth has been amazing. I do believe that my apprenticeship had a huge part to play.

In your opinion, what has been the best thing about undertaking an Apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship allowed me to continue to learn whilst still earning a living. Allowed me to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Watched my own journey turn into something amazing.

To find out how you could benefit from a fully funded Apprenticeship, speak to a member of our expert team today at skills@acaciatraining.co.uk or call us on 01782 646 346

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