Lucie Pollard – Nelson & Colne College

Lucie

Name, Age and Job Role
Lucie Pollard
Apprenticeship Recruitment Executive

Which type of Apprenticeship are you doing or have you completed? Please include if it is intermediate, advanced or higher.
I previously completed an advanced apprenticeship in beauty therapy and I have also completed an advanced apprenticeship in Business Administration.

Who do you work for and what do they do?
I work for Nelson and Colne college and they are a further education facility.

Why did you choose to become an apprentice?
I chose to become and apprentice for the work experience and to gain my future career goals whilst also being able to earn money.

What does your day in your work life involve?
A day at work would include – meeting with students for a 1-1 sessions for apprenticeship advice and vacancy applications, classroom presentations on apprenticeships, designing programmes for students, maintain the Instagram apprenticeship site, liaising with employers to gain vacancy’s, attending career events and interview evenings, arranging interviews, advertising vacancy’s and preparing students for apprenticeships and their journey as an apprentice.

What do you enjoy and what is the best thing about being an apprentice?
While I was an apprentice I felt like the best thing was getting that support from nelson and Colne college and also being able to gain knowledge and skills whilst being able to earn a wage at the same time.

What are your career plans and what would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?
My career plans would include working my way up more at the college and going into management at some point. I love helping students find apprenticeships as I know hoe fantastic an opportunity it can be, I’d also like to help my colleagues in management to gain more experience of managing a team and listening to their suggestions and making a difference.

What is your greatest achievement?
I feel like one of my greatest achievements would be completing my apprenticeship whilst working full time which has progressed my career which enabled me to gain employment with the college.

Give us one fun fact about yourself!
I enjoy playing golf

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about becoming an apprentice?
I would say the best piece of advice I could give would be to really have a think about how this could impact your future, could it bring you more possibilities and opportunity, if it could then I would strongly recommend taking the position. I would also ask them to think about whether they could see themselves working in the company and progressing with them.