Work with Lauren
the diary of a digital marketing apprentice
I’m Lauren a digital marketing apprentice at Impulse Leisure. Follow my journey through my apprenticeship, as I share the highs and lows of working life and the everyday duties I carry out. I’ll also share the experiences of some of the other apprentices working at Impulse Leisure as well as pictures and videos on our social media accounts.
Welcome to Work with Lauren on National Apprenticeship Week 2018, in today’s post I am going to be telling you 6 things that you should know about apprenticeships. What you thought you knew might be much less than expected, even as an apprentice myself I was shocked by the amount I did not know.
You can do an apprenticeship at any age
I have recently learnt that you can complete an apprenticeship at any age, if you are reading this and questioning why you have been stuck in the same job, there is hope. Apprenticeships for over 19’s are targeted towards those who are looking for a career change or to progress within their current career and those wishing to earn more (so everyone).
You are probably thinking that there has to be a catch somewhere; I did to, high tuition costs? When in fact that is wrong as long as you up to the age of 24 you have a good chance that most or all of your apprenticeship costs would be covered by the government or your employer. Don’t worry even over the age of 24, you are still able to start an apprenticeship and there is even a chance that your employer will cover the costs.
You can do an apprenticeship while in your current role
Some of our newest apprentices at Impulse Leisure are undertaking an apprenticeship while in their current role so that they can progress up the career ladder.
You can do an apprenticeship in practically anything
Did you know there are apprenticeships available in over 170 industries? Check out my upcoming post on weird and wonderful apprenticeships.
You get excellent benefits
On top of a range of employment benefits at Impulse Leisure, all apprentices are able to apply for an NUS Apprentice Extra Card which enables you to get a variety of discounts.
491,300 apprenticeships were started in 2016-2017
It is the aim that this number will increase in 2017-2018, what are you waiting for!
You can find/apply for apprenticeships online
Don’t worry if you don’t know how to find/apply for an apprenticeship, I would say the easiest place to look is online. Most job applications can now be done from your phone *Sigh of relief*
The government even has their own website dedicated to finding & applying for apprenticeship, Gov.uk which is where I found my apprenticeship.
Sure, some companies also like to advertise on their own website, so if you know what you want to do then check out some local company’s websites and see what they have available.
For example, Impulse Leisure even has a page dedicated to apprenticeships for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in the leisure industry.
As we enter the digital age, it is also becoming more popular for apprenticeships to be advertised through social media, a tweet or post may just be your key to success.
The possibilities are endless, what are you waiting for!
For more advice and apprenticeship knowledge, watch out for my upcoming blogs on Work with Lauren on this National Apprenticeship Week 2018.
Welcome back to Work with Lauren. As we are mid-way through National Apprenticeship Week 2018, could we consider a world where celebrities became apprentices at Impulse Leisure? If you are looking for an apprenticeship, what better way of seeing what we could offer than seeing what your favourite celebrities would be doing?
Ringside to Poolside
First up is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, once renowned for his wrestling career but now I can see him as the perfect candidate for one of our lifeguard apprenticeships, after all if his performance in Baywatch is anything to go by, I can see him dedicated to the craft of saving lives.
Mad Hatter to Membership Advisor
Most would know him as Jack Sparrow or Edward Scissorhands, but as we don’t offer apprenticeships in how to be pirate, we look back at Johnny Depp before the big screen, with his sales experience selling ballpoint pens; I could see him starting as a membership advisor apprentice. He’s on track to go far if he sell’s memberships as well as he sells chocolate bars in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Singing to Social Media
The key to any good marketing apprentice, I should know is to be able to use social media and retain an audience. That’s why Katy Perry would make the ideal digital marketing apprentice, with her 109 million Twitter followers, making her the highest followed twitter account it is clear that she possesses the skills needed to succeed at a digital marketing apprenticeship at Impulse Leisure.
Coffee to customer service
We’ve seen her on the big screen as Rachel Green, impressing us with her range of customer service skills as she goes from waitress to personal shopper, for her customer service skills alone I could see Jennifer Aniston becoming a receptionist apprentice waiting to greet and help everyone in the centre.
Fine dining to frying
From customer service skills to a lack of customer service I turn my attention to Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay, whose 16 Michelin stars alone would prove that he has the skills necessary to take on a catering apprenticeship within one of our cafes. But his passion for foul language and witty Twitter remarks would mean that we would have our work cut out trying to tamper his anger and help him improve his customer service skills.
Abs to aspirational
Next we have a movie star, currently renowned as the greatest showman it was his performance as Wolverine that suggested he could be the ideal candidate to take on one of our fitness instructor apprenticeships. Hugh Jackman’s hard work and determination to keep his own body at peak fitness that would make him an abspirational fitness instructor and would push others to reach their peak fitness.
TV to PC
Last but not least, in order to complete our gang of celebrity apprentices we would need someone with good computer skills who is able to communicate with the public to tackle one of our business administration apprenticeships, that’s why I would choose Ellen DeGeneres to complete our group of celebrity apprentices, because other than her fantastic communication skills, her past experience as a paralegal would suggest she already possess the qualities that are needed to complete this apprenticeship.
If you believe you have what it takes to complete one of these apprenticeships or are looking to kick-start a career within the leisure industry, check out our website for apprenticeship vacancies and to view the range of apprenticeships that we offer.
Did you know these apprenticeships existed? As we head towards the end of National Apprenticeship Week, we are going to dive into the world of weird and wonderful apprenticeships that are available. After all, not all apprenticeships are in construction or hair and beauty.
When dreams come true
#7 on my list of weird and wonderful apprenticeships would fulfil even your wildest of childhood fantasies and would make you feel as if you had stepped into the world of Charlie and the Chocolate factory, a chocolatier apprenticeship. Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth or a self-confessed chocoholic.
Head in the clouds
Maybe your childhood dream was not to be surrounded with chocolate, maybe your head was in the clouds dreaming of becoming an astronaut. Although there is no apprenticeship specifically for that, #6 on our list is a space engineering apprenticeship. Designed to get you that one step closer to your dream of outer space, after all it is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Careful! Watch out for little green men.
From school to shoals
#5 is definitely one for the animal lovers out there; no this is not your typical animal care apprenticeship and will not involve looking after Nemo or Dory. I definitely don’t have the stomach for this one as you are required to spend most of your time in the water surrounded by fish.
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
#4 on my list of weird and wonderful apprenticeships is a wig making apprenticeship. If you have a creative flair then step away from the traditional hair and beauty apprenticeships and find yourself immersed into a world of theatre and drama as you find yourself back stage of all the best productions. Imagine yourself centre stage in the costume department, or behind the scenes of a TV set. Lights Camera Action!
The final 3!
My final 3 apprenticeships are without a doubt as weird and wonderful as they get. #3 is an Equine Dentist apprenticeship, for those who are reading this and opening another tab to find out what an Equine Dentist is then look no further. It is essentially a dentist for horses, not the most glamorous of apprenticeships. Can you image the fillings as the result of too many sugar cubes!
The last 2 on our countdown are definitely not for the faint hearted. #2 is a funeral director apprenticeship, perfect for those who are compassionate and caring. #1 on my list of weird and wonderful apprenticeships is a forensic photography apprenticeship. Personally one of my favourites, for those who enjoy photography but are also curious about the criminal system. Be prepared to spend your time taking photos of blood and dirt, definitely not for the squeamish!
Now whether or not you are looking to pursue a weird and wonderful apprenticeship or looking for a more traditional apprenticeship, there are a variety of ways you can find out about apprenticeships, check out my first blog post of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 to find out more on how to apply for your dream apprenticeship.