My apprenticeship is an Engineering course, which means I am learning various skills such as Programming, Project Management and modelling using UML diagrams. These are all skills that I had no prior knowledge of, but now I feel confident deploying my knowledge within my daily work at NSAR.
Unlike the full-time students on my course, I only attend university for one day a week, with my other four days at NSAR; this provides a challenge when keeping up with work, but I believe it is a good balance that keeps me busy and gives me new challenges every day.
As part of my time at NSAR I’ve developed scripts to help build the vacancy data for the Routes into Rail website. This involved the usage of the Python Programming language, which is a language I learned to code with on my apprenticeship course.
I have also organised company catch-up meetings with Agile techniques, and created a backend tool for querying the Office of National Statistics’ API, Nomis.
There are a huge number of benefits to my qualification, the main one being that I gain a degree-level qualification at the end of the four years, as well as having four years of experience in a professional workplace to put on my CV.
While on my course I am always expanding my skillset, learning skills that will assist me greatly in my future career. Finally, a huge benefit is that I don’t have to pay for my course, and I get paid to learn and work!
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