This blog has been written by Sherie Barnett, a UVP Apprentice finishing her Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship!
I thought I would write a blog for you about my experience doing a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship and working with the UVP Team.
What is Business Administration? A course of study that prepare students for managerial roles within a company/organisation.
The ‘Level 3’ part indicates what it would be equivalent to within the education system. Level 2 would be equivalent to GCSEs and Level 3 to A Levels!
What do you learn within the apprenticeship?
The qualification covers a range of topics:
• Principles of business administration
• Personal and professional development
• Managing performance
• Communication in a business environment
• Project management
• ICT for business
(From the Level 3 Business Administration Diploma PDF)
Over the last 2 years, I have been learning everything within these topics. Some were easy to grasp and explain (due to my everyday work), but others were hard to understand. However, as much there were moments where I was frustrated with the work, I heavily enjoyed my time doing this qualification. It is diverse in the type of knowledge you learn and can help you with all jobs you could have afterwards! For instance, I have been accepted into the Care Leaver Internship Scheme that is run by the Government and I have been allocated to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. They place you in a department that best meets your experience and because I had mentioned this apprenticeship, it seems they gave me the opportunity to use what I have learned over the last couple years, which was daunting to think about at first, but it was a blessing in disguise.
I started my work with the UVP Team in February 2020. I was lucky enough to see my colleagues face to face before the world of COVID-19 happened shortly after my first month within the team. Within this month, I was able to experience what it is was like to work within a team setting for the first time, since this is my first ever job! Even though we had to start working from home, the atmosphere of the team and the amount of support we give each other never faltered!
Fun fact: I used to attend Care Council Juniors when I was around 10 years old!
So, the fact I used to be a young person attending our groups like you guys, and now working for the team, has been one of the best experiences I have had! I’m so glad I was able to experience the warmth, excitement and genuine work that the UVP Team bring. Just know, everyone on the team cares about each other and if you ever feel overwhelmed or stuck with anything, just know that the team has your back.
What have I gained from working with the UVP Team?
I would say the main one has been confidence! I have severe anxiety and the team helped me build on my confidence to do work that I didn’t feel confident about, such as making phone calls, taking lead on some consultation etc. I have learnt more about software that will be very useful for future jobs. I have learnt how to work with other professionals/teams, which is also very important! I could go on and on about what I have gained over the last 2 years, but these are just a few for you to get a taste!
I 100% recommend doing an apprenticeship with the UVP Team, especially if it will be your first job! Why? Because I believe the UVP Team is a great first step into the work life due to their caring nature and the drive they have to help all young people succeed. If you need any extra support, the team will make sure that you access it and meet your needs.