Find out what it’s really like being an apprentice from those that have started – and completed – an apprenticeship! Jemma, Rami, Molly and Joe talk to you about why they chose an apprenticeship over university, what their experience was like and how it has benefited their future. Find out more here:
Having so much responsibility! And also working on real-life marketing campaigns, turning the TV on, and watching my advert play!
Budgeting marketing campaigns, liaising with senior clientele, working closely with media owners and monitoring both TV and Radio schedules.
Earning whilst learning! I also loved the monthly webinars where I could go through the tasks with my supervisor.
Go for it! The amount of support you get from your peers (who aren’t always working at the same company as you are – so you also get to make connections elsewhere within your first few weeks), as well as from the tutors themselves is fantastic. There is no other apprenticeship agency like it.
Very smooth. Arch were so easy to get in touch with and were always so helpful and friendly if I had any query; work-related or study related! I’m still in touch with the recruitment consultant that I met the very first time I came into the Arch office back in August 2015, as well as the tutor who saw me progress through my Digital Business apprenticeship for 13 months.
Undoubtedly, my favourite part of the job is working on such exciting and challenging projects and campaigns. Working in such a fast pace company such as Google has allowed me to develop as a person and without a doubt, I have learnt a vast most. Also, working with such smart, enthusiastic and excellent role models was a great advantage for me.
Working with the Media Team at Google my main responsibility was helping to create Media Plans and campaigns for our clients. However, a great advantage was that because I worked with the marketing team within Google I has the tasking on working with my team on all the Google products, such as the launch of their new phone Pixel and also their smart speaker Google Home. Other responsibilities include researching insights and top trends within the digital work and carrying out competitor analysis. Without a doubt, all these responsibilities opened my eye to the world of tech and allowed me to develop new skills and attributes. Also, I got to work with a lot of influencers showcasing our new products which were a really cool and fun perk to the job.
The highlight of my apprenticeship was working in such a cool, quirky and such a friendly environment and having the opportunity to work with some of the greatest minds within the tech world. The amount you learn from these people is such a blessing and furthermore working alongside other apprentices who share the same passion as you is a great for you to progress as a person as you can help and learn so much from each other. Finally, knowing that I was part of helping my team with certain projects and campaigns is such a great feeling.
Go for it and experience something new because by the end of it the amount you would have gained and learnt is of great value. Furthermore, you learn so much and it’s a great path to start your career in the world of IT and Digital.
Arch are great and have supported me throughout my apprenticeship. Their delivery throughout the coursework weeks was of great help and my apprentice advisor has supported me and helped me flourish as a person and for that, I am very grateful.
I have really enjoyed being part of an incredible team, working with the most intelligent and inspiring people I have ever met Through my team, I have been able to throw myself into tasks and project that I have owned and taken responsibility for, creating a direct impact on the business, I feel valued and as a member of the team and have been on some amazing adventures in Europe with them as well!
On a day to day basis, I answer briefs coming in from clients (direct advertiser and agency), I recommend sites for them to advertise on through the Exchange according to their target audience, device and format etc. I am also responsible for 12 independent agencies and have a direct relationship with individuals in each of the agencies and their programmatic strategy. I pitch new features we are offering in the Exchange as well as relevant publishers for individual campaigns they have coming up.
I think the highlight of my apprenticeship was travelling to Stockholm with my team to meet with the wider EMEA team on an offsite. I presented to the whole team on a project I had been working on, which then sparked really interesting discussions into how we could scale the project. We then proceeded to do really fun activities with the whole team which included drinking in an ice bar, going on a duck bus/boat tour and attempting “The City Challenge”. I’m going to miss the whole team hugely when I leave, they’re my work family who really took me under their wing.
Go for it! You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You will learn more than you ever thought you could and gain so much confidence in yourself during the process.
Arch are really good at staying in touch with you throughout the apprenticeship and checking in on you. They strike a really good balance on the contact hours, which leave you to become invested in your role at whatever company you are working.
The ability to explore new ways of working, to experiment with different software to further my technical understanding and skills. I find real enjoyment from discovering something new and being able to suggest a new method or approach. It gives me a real sense of achievement. Agilisys empowers all staff to work this way, to innovate.
I’m part of a team that works to maintain the strength of the Agilisys brand. We build on the story of Agilisys and work towards delivering compelling campaigns to the market. My role includes the design of marketing collateral and advertisements. I am also responsible for delivering campaign messages on social media, namely Twitter and LinkedIn. We have a strong following on LinkedIn so it’s really important to get this right.
Being invited to the launch of the Institute for Apprenticeships in May was a real highlight for me. When I had started an apprenticeship back in 2016 there was no real support for apprenticeships, even from people around me – many people were in the dark about them. The typical route was A-Levels then University so making the decision to do an apprenticeship wasn’t standard. Being invited to the launch really opened my eyes and showed me the importance of the work Arch is doing in the digital space. It’s really important to get people into the sector at a young age who may otherwise be lost in a system that doesn’t work for them.
Don’t take it up on a whim, consider your options carefully and do some background research about the company you’re applying for. You’ll be working there for at least a year, if not longer and the work you put in now will really set you up for the future. This is a fast-track route to working for some of the big contenders in the digital space. Take it seriously, work hard.
I’ve been working with Arch for nearly two years now, they have always been there to support me and my personal development. As an apprentice, you are given a personal adviser to work with closely on your study units to make sure you’re not falling behind!
★★★★ “I finished my apprenticeship with Arch 2 years ago and they helped massively by landing me a job that has massively uplifted my career!” – Ji Bakkali
★★★★★ “I’m currently an apprentice with Arch and have less than a month to go. If I had to summarise the whole experience into one word- FANTASTIC! I am a college drop out- not because it was too hard, although it was a very difficult time, but because a college can’t offer the sort of experience apprenticeships can. I was really nervous when I applied to Arch! My first interview day was last year and it was a long way to travel all the way from Hornchurch to Hammersmith but that again is a boost in independence. I started at the age of 17 (now 18), and what I can say is colleges treat you like children and when you are growing up, that’s the last thing you want.
With Arch, they treat you like an adult because as you work- you are one! My confidence has grown massively, I’m a lot more independent and even better I’m getting paid for it and earning a qualification!!! Currently, I am working for a film office which is pushing me into the film industry and that is exactly what I was looking to get into and to be totally honest, I thought it was a dream that would never come true!!- Yet here I am! I can’t thank Arch enough for where I am now! Anyone who is on the fence trying to decide what to do or if you feel you are not doing well at college- DON’T THINK TOO HARD, it will most likely be the best decision you will make for yourself and your career.” – Oscar Healey
★★★★★ “A great institution that will help you get your foot through the door of the industry you are looking to progress in, with a great network of household name companies such as Google, Facebook, Barclays & many more. If you are willing to put the effort & work in to develop yourself both professionally & mentally.” – Ali Reza