This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2021. The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships aims to shine a light on the amazing work carried out by employers and apprentices across the country.

On an apprenticeship, you're employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification - usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

What you'll learn depends on the role that you're training for. However, apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means you'll gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship.

This week, we've shared the journeys of two of our apprentices from across the Group. Below you can read Megan's story - a project support coordinator, based in Glasgow:

When did you join Careys?

I joined Careys in January 2020 as a Project Support Coordinator.

How did you start on your apprenticeship journey?

After college I started working in construction and that's when I realised that quantity surveying was the path I wanted to take, I am very grateful to the management team for starting my apprenticeship journey.

What qualification are you working towards? Do you study alongside your day-to-day work?

I am working towards a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, this is a Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship. I study 1 day a week and work the other 4 days which is a great balance.

Why do you think people should look beyond traditional career routes and consider an apprenticeship?

There are so many benefits to doing an apprenticeship degree rather than a full time course, in particular for me I am enjoying learning whilst also gaining experience by working on site where my colleagues are always on hand to relay their knowledge and answer any of my questions.

What are you most proud of since starting your apprenticeship at Careys?

Since starting my apprenticeship in October 2020, I am proud of completing my first semester whilst adapting to online learning and receiving a First on my first assignment.

Where do you hope to see your career going in the future?

I hope to gain my qualification whilst working with Careys and I am looking forward to what the future holds for the business.

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