National Apprenticeship Week 2021

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, our Early Talent team and existing apprentices take a look at your most-asked apprenticeship questions!

Find out more about our Early Talent program here!

 

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship provides the opportunity to earn while you learn, gaining a nationally recognised qualification while building valuable skills, essential learning tools and on-the-job experience.
- Gemma, Early Talent Manager

 

How does an apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship provides a combination of practical work and off-the-job learning. At Newcastle Building Society, we take a blended approach to your learning – you’ll work towards a high-level qualification while developing your career with the opportunity to make a difference within the Society and our communities.
- Gemma, Early Talent Manager

 

What do you like most about an apprenticeship?

The opportunity to have a guaranteed job whilst working towards my desired CeMap qualification – I can achieve my future career while working full-time with the support of my colleagues, talent coaches and apprenticeship provider!
- Hayley, Mortgage Adviser Apprentice

The ability to apply what I learn to real-life scenarios almost immediately! I’m able to share with my team what I’ve learnt in my apprenticeship and really put some of the concepts to the test! As a visual learner, being able to see theory in action really helps my understanding.
- Anisa, Content Coordinator Graduate

Having lots of on-going support from your apprenticeship provider and the organisation – whether this is having a peer/mentor in your department, support sessions with other apprentices, check-ins with your line manager and reviews with your apprenticeship provider!
- Jess, Software Developer Apprentice

I see two main benefits to being an apprentice! Firstly, you can apply the knowledge you’re learning into your day-to-day work allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge and see your enhanced capabilities being used in a practical sense – this is great for boosting confidence and helps you see a direct link between working hard in your apprenticeship and being more proficient in your role. Secondly, it’s great to ‘earn as you learn’ – during my apprenticeship I’ve been able to save towards buying my first home, which would have been much more difficult to achieve if I was a full-time university student!
Joe, Data Analyst Apprentice

 

Why choose Newcastle Building Society?

At Newcastle Building Society, our apprenticeships are open to everyone from school leavers to those looking for a fresh challenge! We’re committed to growing our next generation of talent, and you’ll join us on a permanent basis, with a competitive holiday allowance and salary in line with the ‘Real Living Wage’. We’ll support you with a tailored program to help grow your skills, with access to a mentor within the business who will be there to support you throughout your apprenticeship and beyond!
- Gemma, Early Talent Manager

The support from everyone in the Society is above and beyond! There are so many amazing opportunities available, and as a colleague you really feel valued and empowered to achieve your own goals, while making a difference within the Society.
- Hayley, Mortgage Adviser Apprentice

The support I’ve received has been fantastic – whether this is from my team, the Society’s Early Talent program and manager, or colleagues in wider departments!
- Anisa, Content Coordinator Apprentice

There’s lots of opportunity for progression within the Society, and it’s great to work for an organisation recognised for the support they provide, whether this is for their members or the communities we’re in!
- Jess, Software Developer Apprentice

The Society values your development and recognises your value. Since joining, I’ve been given the freedom and time to combine both learning and working so that neither is neglected at the expense of the other. I feel appreciated as a colleague, and also feel my learning and development is respected and considered a priority!
- Joe, Data Analyst Apprentice

 

What’s been your highlight so far?

I’ve loved having the chance to volunteer with the Newcastle United Foundation, helping conduct mock interviews and create a training session taking a look at ‘Presentation Skills’. I’ve also had the amazing opportunity to undergo Dementia Friends training which is offered to all Society colleagues – this meant so much to me personally as it has provided me with life skills to help spend time with a loved one who suffers from the illness.
- Hayley, Mortgage Adviser Apprentice

My course has a really small cohort so I’ve become close with the other learners! It’s great to have a group of friends who are going through a similar experience – whether we chat through what we’re up to and how we’re finding it, to even having a group video call where we all spend the time writing our assignments together!
- Anisa, Content Coordinator Graduate

For me, it’s seeing customers use the sites that my team and I have worked on and receive positive feedback from them – it’s great to see something I’ve produced be put online for people to use!
- Jess, Software Developer Apprentice

 

What advice would you give to future apprentices?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Remember, you’re a colleague just like everyone else and you have the chance to shape the future of your organisation!
- Hayley, Mortgage Adviser Apprentice

If there’s anything you don’t understand or need further clarification on, speak up and don’t be afraid to ask questions! That’s how you’ll learn!
- Anisa, Content Coordinator Graduate

Remember, you’re just learning the trade and you’re not expected to know everything – don’t compare yourself to other colleagues! Ask lots of questions and make a note of them so you can use it for future reference.
- Jess, Software Developer Apprentice

Utilise your support network! As an apprentice you’re given access to a diverse network, ranging from line manager, mentor and other Society apprentices to learning coaches and technical trainers. The support from a varied group of colleagues and backgrounds helps you overcome any challenges with unique perspecitves.
- Joe, Data Analyst Apprentice

 

What’s been the biggest challenge?

For me, it was working from home following the outbreak of COVID, and the fear of not being able to learn as much remotely. However, within the first couple of days my worries went away! My colleagues have so much patience and everyone just wants to help you develop and achieve your goals!
- Hayley, Mortgage Adviser Apprentice

So far, it’s been working remotely. I was fortunate to have only had to do the last few weeks of university remotely in 2020, so doing an apprenticeship on a completely remote basis has been a new experience! I am more used to this now, and it’s not too dissimilar to working from home!
- Anisa, Content Coordinator Graduate

Joining the Society during a pandemic was definitely a challenge! It meant I couldn’t meet my team in person as everything was remote – I found it was a lot harder to socialise with people but I quickly settled in and after getting to know my team and wider department we’ve started to host virtual social events more frequently!
- Jess, Software Developer Apprentice

When I first started my apprenticeship, I found balancing the prioritisation of my apprenticeship work and day-to-day role challenging however I quickly got used to this and have definitely found it easier over time!
- Joe, Data Analyst Apprentice