National Apprenticeship Week 2022

Feb 11, 2022

Meet Emily Pike and Sophie Donnelly, both HR Administrators currently in their 1st year of Level 3 CIPD HR Apprenticeships here at Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). We speak to them to find out what made them decide to take up an apprenticeship in HR and what they’ve learnt so far. (Pictured L to R: Sophie and Emily)

Why did you decide on an apprenticeship?

Emily: I had just finished my degree in criminology and was looking to begin a career in HR and found one way to do this would be through an apprenticeship. I liked the idea that I could study to gain my level 3 CIPD qualification, whilst being able to practice my learnings within the workplace.

Why did you choose WAE?

Sophie: WAE is an exciting forward-thinking company. I really enjoy being a part of a brilliant administrative team, supporting all the talented minds across the business. Getting an interview was a huge achievement for me, because I was always in awe of projects WAE were working on, across various sectors. Getting to know my colleagues in my first few months has reinforced that this is where I want to be.

What was the most memorable experience you had, or skill you learned, as an apprentice so far?

Emily: I had the opportunity to support our industrial placement assessment days which was a great experience. During the assessment days I had the opportunity to learn how much work and organisation goes into the days – from hospitality to invitations to curating activities for the day. I was able to work collaboratively with my colleague Sophie, who is also a HR Apprentice.

What were the advantages of doing an Apprenticeship for you?

Sophie: My apprenticeship gives me a chance to learn while I earn. It combines study and practice, allowing me to network with peers both at college and at work, and then applying transferable skills in real time. It has helped me enter a sector I knew I wanted to work in, allowing me to learn about a business I am passionate about, hopefully making me a stronger candidate for a permanent position in the future.

Emily: I find it very helpful being able to practice what I learn in college and to apply those skills in person. Learning in the classroom and workplace go hand in hand, giving me a good understanding of HR practices.

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