Learn Devon Apprentices – where are they now? Emily

Posted on: 24 August 2018

Emily Perrin, originally from North Devon, joined Learn Devon in 2016, as a Business Support Apprentice. During her time with Learn Devon, she completed a Level 2 Business and Administration qualification and is now as Personal Assistant to the Head of Economy, Enterprise and Skills at Devon County Council.

“Throughout school and my first college, I found I struggled a lot in exam situations, and while I did well, I wanted to achieve a qualification that could be used in a number of career paths.

I started out studying Animal Management at Bicton College and then went on to work for the Dogs Trust. Unfortunately, I was made redundant from that post, and flip-flopped between several retail jobs afterwards. My heart wasn’t in in retail, so I began exploring what other options were available.

Through spending a lot of time in East Devon with my boyfriend, I looked that area, as well as at home in Barnstaple. The post of Business Support Apprentice in Exmouth came up, and I was intrigued by the idea of adding to my skill set. I applied for the role, and was successful, which was very exciting!

The role was part of Learn Devon’s two-year Apprenticeship programme, which included on-the-job training in Business and Administration. The first year is for a Level 2 qualification and the second year for Level 3.

The course gave me a great insight to an area which I’d never worked in before or even though of working in. It enabled me to build on my pre-existing skills, as well as develop new ones. It also gave me a better understanding of what it is like to work for a large and multi-faceted organisation, like Devon County Council.

Now, I not only do I have my original animal care qualifications, but I also have the experience and qualifications for administration, which has led me to the role I am in now. It will also help open up different career paths in the future like working at a more senior level in a business or even running my own dog walking business.

I’d definitely recommend Learn Devon courses to others, both the Apprenticeship programme and other adult learning courses. What I learned over my year at Learn Devon was invaluable, and I have also made some great friends within the team.”

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