From college to office

Written by Harry Laverick, Marketing Assistant


Apprenticeships have always appealed to me, I knew ever since starting my college course that it was the career path I wanted to take. I came out of college with a distinction within my BTEC computing and business level 3 studies and straight away began hunting for an apprenticeship on the Gov.uk website. This is where I came across an apprenticeship with Fortec.


After applying for a few different apprenticeships all within marketing, I got the phone call asking me to come in for an interview. After a successful interview and trial session, I got offered the apprenticeship. I would never have thought within the first two years of my career in marketing, I would be creating most of the graphic design work within Fortec’s in-house marketing department, and, winning the Northampton Logistics awards Apprentice of the year 2019.


I started with was a digital marketing apprenticeship, which taught me the basics of marketing and helped me to understand how marketing can fit into a business. Getting stuck right into work from college was at first daunting, but with all the support from everyone at Fortec, I felt part of the team from day one.


I was really pleased that I passed my level 3 digital marketing apprenticeship with a distinction and I’m now studying towards a marketing executive level 4 qualification; alongside a certificate with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Being able to earn a wage, whilst studying for a qualification almost equal to what I could achieve at university, was the main reason I wanted to do an apprenticeship. This is one of the big advantages apprenticeships offer alongside the potential to gain employment at the end. Having this sense of job security and belonging really helped me to perform in my job role. It has always made me work to my best standards, making sure I’m an asset.


Choosing an apprenticeship has allowed me to gain valuable work experience which I wouldn’t have got whilst studying at university. It has also allowed me to build up an extensive portfolio of professional grade work that has shown how my skills have developed from my first days here at Fortec, right up until now.


For anyone who is not sure what route to take in their further education, careers or learning, I would recommend looking into apprenticeships. I would not be where I am today without completing one.


If you are looking for an apprenticeship check out the Gov.uk website by clicking here.

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