Communications and Marketing Assistant

Jacob

Jacob has been with NVS since July 2017, joining the Marketing Department as Marketing Apprentice.

He completed his apprenticeship and his NVQ Level 2 in August 2018 and was promoted to Communications & Marketing Assistant. He studied his apprenticeship through Stoke on Trent college and joined NVS straight from college where he studied IT. He is currently working towards achieving a Level 4 CIM qualification.

Question 1

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I thought it was the best way to get to where I wanted to get to in my career. Its learning in a real life work environment, I can apply these experiences to my college work so it helps with that. I want a career in Marketing and eventually want to be Marketing executive managing my own campaigns.

Question 2

Was it what you expected?

Yes, it was all explained to me and I really enjoyed it. It gave me hands on experience of the role.

Question 3

What valuable skills did you learn during your apprenticeship?

Time management, lots of design skills, talking to new people, how to work towards new goals. I am able to manage workloads a lot better now and prioritise.

Question 4

Are you given opportunities to have an input into your daily duties and manage your own workload?​

Yes. Every week the team have a meeting and I am always listened to and I have a chance to put my ideas forward and take things away to work on.

Question 5

Do you think your apprenticeship has given you a good foundation for a career in your chosen field?

Definitely. It has shown me the basics of how a business works and learning on the job.

Question 6

Do you think there is good support for apprentices in the workplace?

Yes there is here, my managers are supportive and share knowledge if I ask them anything. I get really good support.  I got a lot of help from my college tutor as well, she was always available if I had any queries and helped me prepare for exams even though I only went to college once a month.

Question 7

Do you think it is manageable to balance working full time with a study schedule?

Yes, I think so. I usually do roughly eight hours of college work in work and the rest I do at home.

Question 6

What advice would you give someone who isn’t sure if an apprenticeship is the right choice for them?​

Do your research and make sure it is the right choice for you. Ask other people who have done apprenticeships. I definitely think it is the best route. The only regret I have is not doing it sooner, straight out of school. There wasn’t much awareness about apprenticeships when I was at school so I didn’t really know much about them. if I had known more I would have gone down that route.