Sydney Price is a business administration apprentice at recruitment company Major Players in London. She is six months into her apprenticeship and has already been offered a pay rise.
“I am an apprentice, but I am regarded as an employee and I am not treated any differently,” she says. “So when it comes to pay structure and everything, I am treated the same. I feel really well supported. I am gaining that experience and I am doing the job in the workplace, it just so happens that I am doing an apprenticeship.”
She says she loves the variety her apprenticeship offers. “Every day is different. I am on the front desk most of the time, but I also help with event management. I am also responsible for training people in the company on compliance.”
In the 20 per cent of the time she needs to spend on off-the-job training, she says she has also gained insight into different parts of the business.
She says it is “nice” to hear that there are financial benefits to the route she has chosen. She herself came to her apprenticeship after working in a primary school for a few years.
She says she believes that young people are not given enough information about apprenticeships and the opportunities and diverse careers they can offer. “A lot of people don’t go for apprenticeships because they just don’t know what is out there,” she says. “I don’t think that they get spoken about enough. Parents need to be spoken to about them as well.”
She says that her own apprenticeship has been a learning curve for her family: “[My parents] are very surprised by the responsibility and how much I have been trusted, and they like that I am getting all this experience in my apprenticeship.
“It has helped them change their opinion. I am also the only one out of all of my friends doing an apprenticeship.”
She adds: “I was speaking to other female apprentices at an event this week, and what did surprise me was pay. Some of them were on salaries much lower than mine. I just think it is a shame that some employers are not paying as much, considering the work they are getting.”