Lyra’s employer believed in her and suggested a degree apprenticeship
"Prior to the apprenticeship, I haven’t had any formal education since the age of 16. I didn’t think I was academic enough and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
I worked my way up through various health and safety roles, which led to my employment with Southern Water who made me aware of this programme. I was super nervous at first, but it was an amazing thing to hear because it meant my employer really believed in me."
Lyra Ginns, Southern Water, Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprentice
Balancing act for Karen, but rewards of masters are evident
“I'm halfway through and already I've seen a change in the way I apply new knowledge, how I support individuals and I’m more focussed in my strategy for everyday operations.
It’s been a bit of a job balancing study, work and home life - but wow, I can already see the transformation after only a year. People must be prepared to dedicate the time - but it’s two years of worthwhile commitment and I’d highly recommend it"
Karen Jefford, Building Heroes, Senior Leader Apprentice
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Katie makes the case for multiple apprenticeships
“I have been fortunate to progress in my career through two consecutive apprenticeships.
I think the need to have an apprenticeship route into nursing, is needed now more than ever as the current need for nurses and health care professionals grows. There is already a huge workforce within the NHS of health care assistants, who are highly skilled and are keen to progress.”
Katie Wilmshurst, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice
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