Let’s see what Amy Shipley has to say about her apprenticeship

Posted on Feb 17, 2020

After studying beauty therapy for 2 years at Bishop Auckland and Stockton Riverside Colleges, after leaving Dyke House school in Hartlepool, I decided a career in beauty wasn’t for me because although I really enjoyed it, I realised that I didn’t want to progress it further.

I was already familiar with Learning Curve Group and since living close to the head office I thought it would be a good option for me. I started in the Quality department, but I have now moved on to reception to gain the skills I need to help with my Business Admin apprenticeship.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR APPRENTICESHIP?

The best thing about my apprenticeship is learning in a work-based environment, being challenged to go further and learning skills that will not only be used within my apprenticeship but also in upcoming jobs.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT AN APPRENTICESHIP?

It can sometimes feel daunting leaving school and not knowing what you would like to do to progress further, especially if you decide college/university isn’t for you, so apprenticeships are such an amazing alternative to that. You can learn so many skills whilst also gaining a diploma alongside earning money while you learn.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS UPON COMPLETING THE APPRENTICESHIP?

I would love to stay with Learning Curve Group and look forward to developing the skills I will need to progress.

WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

Outside of work I spend time walking my dogs around the countryside near my home. I also enjoy socialising with my friends from my hometown. I spend a fair amount of time on social media and still have a keen interest in make-up and the beauty industry although I no longer see this as an area, I would like to work in.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

Hopefully I will still be working for Learning Curve Group as I see it as the kind of organisation that provides many opportunities for their apprentices to develop and grow into permanent roles and there is plenty of opportunity for promotion and personal development. Ideally, I would like to work with young people just starting down the apprenticeship route and offer the support and guidance that I have received to others.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 5 WORDS

Loyal, determined, funny, reliable, happy.

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