Tom Colbeck, Membership Service Executive at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
'I previously found it hard to balance college work during the day and part-time retail work in the evenings, so the degree apprenticeship is a perfect way to learn whilst I earn. My responsibilities at work have given me experience that I can apply in the learning environment as well as confidence which helps with assessments such as presentations'.
Mia De'Arth, Business to Business Sales Manager at Your Centre Limited
'The degree apprenticeship is not only beneficial to my career development but also to my employer. Spending one day a week at university allows me to learn about the roles and responsibilities of my fellow apprentices as well as studying a range of topics which I can then put into practice within my role at Your Centre Limited'.
Matthew Barnes, Contracts Manager at Pearl Fit-Out
'As the first person within my company experiencing higher education, I am able to bring back lots of new knowledge and issues from my day release degree apprenticeship at the University of Portsmouth. I hope that it will allow me to progress my career in order to gain a position of responsibility in the company.'
Sophie Taylor, Communications Executive at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
'The University of Portsmouth was the first place I had heard of which was offering a degree apprenticeship and I jumped at the opportunity. I manage the social media and emarketing at the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and it is really good to relate my experiences from the workplace to what I learn in lectures'.
Jennie Woodham, Analyst at the University of Portsmouth
'I believe hiring a degree apprentice gives the business a contemporary edge because I am able to bring back new ideas and apply my knowledge every week. I have watched my confidence grow whilst studying, particularly with assessed presentations and reading academic text.'
Chris Bayliss, Student Recruitment Administrator at University of Portsmouth
'I was first attracted to the degree apprenticeship because I had the opportunity to work and gain a qualification to achieve my personal goals. I really enjoy working with a wide range of people from various work backgrounds especially when discussing different topics as I get to hear their point of view which I may have never thought of before'.