Apprenticeship levels range from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) right the way up to Level 6 and 7 (equivalent to Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) and it’s not uncommon for Apprentices to finish one level and then progress on to the next as they continually look to expand their knowledge in their chosen field.
At last year’s Apprenticeship Awards Danny Milton, who works for West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce, won the Apprenticeship in Sales, Marketing and Creative Industries Award for his creative flair in marketing ideation. Danny completed his Level 2 Marketing NVQ last year and is now studying his Level 3 Marketing Apprenticeship. We caught up with him to find out how he’s been getting on…
Q. Hi Danny, lovely to speak to you! Do you mind talking us through your Apprenticeship journey and your current role?
A. I initially completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Marketing which took a year and I have now progressed onto a Level 3 qualification. Working for West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce my main responsibilities are to assist the Marketing Manager in promoting the business, increasing awareness and generating leads. West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce are a great company to work for as the work is always so varied as the marketing team work closely with every department so each day is different!
Q. And what made you pursue a Marketing Apprenticeship?
A. I was searching for Apprenticeships within Digital Marketing and Design on the Government website and came across this particular apprenticeship which was perfect! It’s such a varied role that allows me to improve and learn skills all the time.
Q. What new skills and knowledge have you learnt during your Apprenticeship?
A. I’ve learnt more about how businesses operate as we work with many local companies and help support them thrive. I have also learnt and improved marketing specific skills too such as photography, email marketing, video editing, design, communication and organisational skills.
Q. How does Cheshire College – South & West support you throughout your Apprenticeship?
A. The College supported me throughout my Level 2 Apprenticeship and continue to do so on a regular basis whilst I’m completing my Level 3. Even in these tough circumstances normal workplace meetings have moved online and there is always plenty of support available through my assessor.
Q. How did it feel winning an Apprenticeship Award last year?
A. It was great to receive the award, I didn’t expect it at all, but it shows that a willingness to learn and progress was recognised!
Q. Why should other learners consider an Apprenticeship?
A. I implore any young person to consider completing an Apprenticeship as it gives you real world experience whilst gaining a qualification. Most employers will look at your experience and that could be the key to you getting the job you want over other candidates.
Q. Do you have any wise words or advice for the winners of this year’s Awards?
A. Just keep up the hard work!
You can find out more about Apprenticeships at Cheshire College – South & West here.
Throughout this week the College has been shining a spotlight on Apprenticeships as part of National Apprenticeship Week and tomorrow (Thursday 11 February) will be celebrating their fifteenth Apprenticeship Awards! Head over to the College’s social media accounts to find out more!