In October last year, SCS took on its first Social Media Apprentice, partnering with The Juice Academy, creating the opportunity to align with Service Care’s values of creating opportunities for generations to come.
At the start of the apprenticeship, our apprentice wrote her first blog, based on her experience so far, so now it’s time for an update!
Firstly, what have you learned so far in the apprenticeship?
During my Apprenticeship so far, I have learned so much about not only social media but also about myself. Throughout my apprenticeship, I have found that my confidence has grown significantly, and I have been able to come out of my shell more, this has really helped when working within a team. While studying at the Juice Academy I have learned a range of new skills through different sessions, interpreting a brief, presenting skills, copywriting, photoshop, premier pro, SEO, measuring campaigns, and more. Through these sessions, I have been able to apply my skills and knowledge learned, in the workplace. I can recognise the progress within myself from when I started at SCS, up to now.
What does the average day at SCS involve?
My average day remains as no two days are the same, however, I have a much bigger responsibility within the workplace, in comparison to at the beginning of my apprenticeship. I am trusted with creating my own content for social channels such as LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok. I also use my creative skills to choose themes for the week in which I can write blogs for the website. Not only this, but I have also taken on roles in the Events Committee, where I am able to form ideas for work events, in which I take a large role in the planning, which is great when I have a vision for content. At SCS, we always have something going on, so it’s great to get stuck in! Recently, we have just had our rec room refurbished, so I’ve loved getting before and after captures, and creating these into reels for our social channels!
Are you glad you chose an apprenticeship?
Yes! I am glad I chose an apprenticeship, as it gives me the opportunity to grow and learn within my role. Through my study days, I feel as though I can learn the important skills for social media, especially with being at Juice Academy, as they specialise within this industry. Not only this, but at SCS, I don’t feel as though I am treated like an apprentice, and rather a standard member of staff, this enables me to feel like I can carry my job out successfully. I also feel that if I went to university, I wouldn’t be gaining the work experience I have been exposed to within the office. I believe this is what has helped me grow in confidence and communicative skills, which is a highly employable skill.
What’s been your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement so far will be getting through to the finals of the BIBA’S for Apprentice of the Year. At the start of my apprenticeship, the thought of even just the initial interview would have scared me, so the fact I’ve built the confidence to attend both interviews is a big achievement in itself for me, getting through to the final will definitely have been my biggest success! Not only this but being a part of the planning for events such as the Annual Awards and International Woman’s Day is also extremely rewarding when seeing the successful outcome! I also took on a large role in the planning for our Annual Awards, so seeing everything piece together on the night was also great to see!
What does the rest of the apprenticeship hold for you?
I am currently working towards gateway in my apprenticeship, where I am completing my portfolio of evidence based on all the work I have so far completed at Service Care. I also am completing reports based upon campaigns and all-around preparing myself for finishing my apprenticeship towards the beginning of next year.
If you could give any advice to someone debating an apprenticeship, what would you say?
I personally think apprenticeships are the way forward, as you are able to learn whilst also putting your skills into practice! If, like me, you are wanting more of a hands-on experience, rather than studying in a classroom, I would highly recommend an apprenticeship! Not only this, but so many other skills are improved along the way, such as communicative skills, and many other employable skills which are highly sought after.
So now you’ve heard from our Social Media Apprentice, what are you waiting for?
If you’re interested in being an apprentice with us, why not contact us!