Apprentices Share Their Experiences

Some of the University's current and former Apprentices have spoken to us about their experience as apprentices at the University of Liverpool.  

Abbie Keogh - Business Administration Pre Apprentice

Abbie commenced her apprenticeship in 2014 and had no previous work experience before this position so was unsure of what to expect. She said the role was better than she had anticipated as everyone was really supportive and there appeared to be plenty of chances to progress and improve. Abbie is now a full time, permanent member of staff.

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Craig Cahill - Level 2 Warehousing & Storage Apprenticeship

Craig commenced his apprenticeship in 2014 and is now a full-time permanent member of staff. Craig said “This is an amazing opportunity and it’s great to be part of the department. I love my job and the team of people I work with. I feel this opportunity has opened doors for me now that I have the right skills and experience to adapt to different situations I may face.”

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Laura Seymour - Business Administration Apprentice

Laura joined the University in 2011 as a Secretary to the Business Services Manager in the Human Resources department. Once her apprenticeship was completed, Laura applied for and was successful at securing a position in the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Laura said: “Completing my apprenticeship with The University of Liverpool has really helped me to gain confidence in myself and in the workplace. I have really enjoyed my time in Human Resources and I am thankful for working with such a great team who have helped to support me along the way.”

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Ryan Gardam - Electrical & Mechanical Apprentice

Ryan is an Electrical and Mechanical Apprentice working at The University of Liverpool within Facilities Maintenance.

He said: “Before I started working at the University I had no experience of Electrical Engineering, but I now feel confident completing tasks alone because of the knowledge I have gained. I have learned a lot more in a year and a half than I thought possible.

“This apprenticeship has helped to improve my interpersonal skills dramatically due to working with new people every day. I have really enjoyed my experience of the apprenticeship so far and it is something I would definitely recommend to other young people. It is a good alternative to University, as I will achieve qualifications that will set me up for life, as well as gaining on the job experience at the same time as earning money.”

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Alex Male - Information Technology & Business Administration Apprentice

‌Alex is an Information Technology and Business Administration Apprentice working at the University of Liverpool within the Human Resources department. 

Alex found a vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website at the University of Liverpool within Human Resources for an IT apprentice. Alex knew that the University is one of the UK’s leading Universities, as well as being part of the Russell Group, so he decided to take a chance and apply.

Alex said: “I most enjoy the support I receive from my colleagues, helping me to gain valuable new experiences. It’s great to see the people interested in the apprenticeship scheme and how constructive and positive it is in helping young people develop their skills in the workplace.” 

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Sonya Taylor - Eye and Vision Laboratory Apprentice

Sonya is an apprentice in the Eye and Vision Department at The University of Liverpool. She commenced her apprenticeship in 2014, after completing her AS Levels. 

Sonya is very happy in her workplace and with her apprenticeship. She says: “One of my favourite things about my placement is that I get to do different activities. The jobs do vary a lot which means I get to do different things every day. For example, one day I may be dissecting pig eyes, the next day seeding and sub-culturing cells into well plates or cleaning and maintaining the laboratory. The main quality to this apprenticeship is that it is practical and this is one of my strengths.”

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