When 17-year-old Molly Hall, of Highams Park, found that a Higher BTEC in Business and Media at sixth form wasn’t for her she had strong support from her family to start an apprenticeship and since then she hasn’t looked back.
Molly said: “I did the BTEC for one year but knew it wasn’t right for me as I wanted to get a good qualification and at the same time earn some money. I knew someone who worked at Waltham Forest Council who suggested I contact the Adult Learning Service for details on apprenticeships.
“I talked it through with my family, showing them the research I had done online, and they supported me in applying.
“The meeting I had with the Adult Learning Service in August was really helpful. It was tailored to want I was looking for and the individual attention and support I got was very good. They told me what was available, I applied, went for interview and was appointed as a Compliance Officer in the children’s services team at Waltham Forest Council, one of four apprentices in this department.
“Getting the DBS checks done took a while but I was able to start work in October last year and my Level Two apprenticeship started this January and will last a year.
“Every Wednesday there are classes at the Adult Learning Service in Leyton which are really useful. You feel you want to learn and succeed because you’re treated as an adult and can see the benefits of the lessons because they relate to your work.
“I report directly to the Head of Service and much of the work I do is confidential. There is a lot of responsibility, which I enjoy, and the volume of work can massive but that helps you learn how to prioritise your time and it’s good to be able to help other people as part of your job.”
Molly is hoping to continue working at the Council at the end of her Level Two course and follow it with a Level Three apprenticeship qualification next year.
Molly said: “It’s a good way to work up and develop your career. If you don’t want to go to university why do A Levels? You can do an apprenticeship which gives you good experience of work and life as well as letting you earn money while getting a good qualification.”