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Nathan’s blazing a trail for apprentices

A Nottingham recruitment consultant has praised his time as an apprentice at West Nottinghamshire College for leading him to his successful career today.

Twenty-four-year-old Nathan Adams from Sutton-in-Ashfield, attended the college on a one-year Level 2 Business and Administration apprenticeship, followed by studying the Level 3.

Nathan said: “At school I always enjoyed business studies. I felt I was more work-focussed rather than academic-focussed. I went to sixth form but I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I completed it.

Nathan knew he wasn’t ready for university, so began to plan how he would make the best use of his time and skills. He began to look at apprenticeships on the Vision Apprentices website and applied for an administration apprenticeship at the college.

“I had five university offers and at school I was led to believe it’s university or bust, but I simply wasn’t ready. So I applied for the apprenticeship at the college and I began my time working in the college’s health and social care team.

“It was when I moved to work with the marketing team that my skills and confidence really started to soar. I was meeting customers while going to events and giving course advice to young people. This is where I feel I gained the most confidence, transferable skills and employability assets.

“Tutors made me feel comfortable with my studies too. I was only an email away from any support I needed or having my work assessed. It was a comfort to know you were never going to get left behind.”

When Nathan had about eight months left on the apprenticeship, a member of the marketing team left, so his apprenticeship was combined with this role to make a full-time position. He was fortunate then to be able to rota his working week to further his studies, and he enrolled on a business management and marketing degree at Nottingham Trent University.

After graduating in 2018 Nathan successfully gained a position as a recruitment consultant at Nottingham-based agency, Protocol.

Nathan added: “It’s a really varied job involving me finding jobs for our client portfolios. Getting the right candidates for the right jobs sees me using those skills I built as an apprentice and I can see how I’m building on this. In this role I recruit for colleges and training providers so I had the foundations already from my marketing work.

Nathan says he feels settled in his role and has no plans for more studies just yet but hasn’t ruled it out completely.

“I always said that I preferred my apprenticeship to my degree as I feel you get more from the work-based aspect of discovering new things than a three-year academic programme. However, in time I may study my Masters in marketing.

“My advice for young people who are still undecided is to challenge the conventional route of school, A Levels and then university. Do what’s best for you and be proactive. In terms of apprenticeships there’s so much choice across all industries. Businesses often get funding to use for apprenticeships – so don’t be afraid to approach a company to see what’s on offer. It could be your open door to a whole new career.”

If Nathan’s apprenticeship journey has inspired you to want to study, check out our apprenticeship programmes.

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