"Getting a funded degree and work experience is a great start to a career"
Erin works as an Operations Degree Apprentice at Nestlé while studying for a BA Professional Practice in Management at Sheffield Hallam University. After leaving sixth form, Erin wanted to go straight into full-time work, but didn't want to miss out on degree education – so a degree apprenticeship was the perfect solution.
"I have a really good mentor who has helped me develop myself."
"I wanted to get some work experience and earn a full-time wage, but nowadays a degree is important for career progression. When I came across degree apprenticeships, I knew it would allow me to do both of these things at the same time. Also, considering the cost of university and the struggle to get jobs, I think getting a funded degree and work experience in a large company is a great start to a career.
During my working week I take about a day to focus on my university work – and on average I spend 6 weeks at work in Norfolk and then a whole week at university. I travel to Sheffield Hallam on a Sunday evening and then return on the Friday afternoon. I enjoy the modules and in terms of support there are many services that the university offer, including being able to speak to a tutor via email when you are away from university. In terms of support at work I have a really good mentor who has helped me develop myself – we frequently meet and analyse my strengths, weaknesses and development areas to focus on."
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"One of my biggest achievements so far is my education and training work group project. This involved me building a training package for engineers on site to learn how to repair, replace and maintain machine components, including an initial analysis of skill level and learning style. I then designed and plan to build a training rig which allows the engineers to repair and maintain the components during the training session, using different real-life scenarios. I am now in the process of training the engineers on my training package and will hopefully be validating them next year. This has given me a wide range of knowledge of one of the main pieces of equipment on site and has also allowed me to build rapport with many different people.
When I finish my apprenticeship, I will be 21, and I think there are way too many things out there to know exactly what I would like to do next. I have found a real passion for engineering though during my work experience so far, and I know I definitely would like to work with people and spend time developing them. I couldn’t do a desk job!"