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Feyi, 22

"I'm studying towards a debt-free degree and having fun whilst on a digital apprenticeship".

Read more of Feyi's story below

How did you get into an apprenticeship?

"I had previous done work experience with the Foreign Commonwealth office and HM treasury which helped me to decide that I wanted a job working in Government. I now work at the Department for Transport where I have put the skills I’ve learnt on my apprenticeship to practice by contributing to the Department for Transport's overall strategic delivery objectives. I am excited about the journey ahead.

Do you feel a lot of pressure to prove yourself now that you chose a different route than most people your age?

"There is sometimes a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) because you aren't following the University route. Apprenticeships don't have the reputation they once did. I'm a part of changing the stereotype which is really exciting."

What does being an apprentice mean to you?

"Being an apprentice means that I am able to study towards a debt-free qualification that can be applied directly to the workplace.
I feel like I am making a valuable contribution to my employer, as my course helps me grow in confidence and in my role."

Life as an apprentice must be really exciting right now?

"Absolutely! Apprentices are valued now more than ever. I've actually set up forums for apprentices to talk through topics such as work, courses or any issues they may face. We also use the forum as a catalyst for change and to plan social events within our department."

What's it like working at your age?

"Exciting and a little scary. You are faced with so many responsibilities but you reap the rewards as you are progressing. Not to mention you are able to spend your earnings, which means you can support yourself."

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