'More to apprenticeships than on-the-job training'

8 April 2015

One of CIPS’ apprentices has spoken of her desire to use her qualification to support what she already does at the Institute, where she has worked for 12 years.

Liz Lück, standards support administrator in professional development, is doing a one-year Business & Administration Advanced apprenticeship which will result in a City and Guilds Level 3 NVQ diploma in business and administration, a certificate in principles of business and administration, and Level 2 functional skills maths, English and ICT.

Previously in customer services, Lück completed a Level 3 NVQ in customer services, testing her skills and embracing new ones.

“A common misconception about apprenticeships is they are just on-the-job training, but I’ve had to go back to college and take exams and study,” she said.

The apprenticeship is taught flexibly so Lück is fitting study around her role with the support of a tutor and a mentor. Most of her learning is done first thing or after her working day.

“CIPS has left me to my own devices and my colleagues are supportive which as a mature student I appreciate,” she said.

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