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Whether you’re leaving school or looking to change your career, an apprenticeship can give you the hands-on skills and experience you need to increase your employability.

Fabiha Hassan

Software Development Apprentice, Google

The career-changer 

After finishing a Masters in biomedical engineering, I felt a bit lost, career-wise. I worked in a hospital and a school for a while but knew they weren’t really for me. Then, in 2019, I started a temp role at Google and discovered the company’s apprenticeship opportunities. I successfully applied for their two-year Software Development Apprenticeship, which I began in September 2020.

To start with, I did a three-month boot camp to work on basic coding skills, and then had to pass two exams to get my Level 4 Software Development qualification. I’m now a front-end developer, implementing really cool designs on user interfaces. I present the work I do in a portfolio, which is how my apprenticeship is assessed. 

The practical nature of an apprenticeship appealed to me because when I was fresh out of university, potential employers always asked about my ‘experience’. Yet I’d just graduated: I needed experience! So, it was tough getting a job.

That’s why I’d tell anyone who wants to change their career: ‘Think about an apprenticeship.’ In two years, you’ll have acquired the skills you need to progress in your field — and it’ll look good on a CV.

Frankie Tassie

Infrastructure Technician (IT) Apprentice, Google

The school-completer

I knew from a young age that I was a practical person, I always took things apart to find out how they worked. I didn’t particularly enjoy learning from books and by the time I’d finished secondary school, I knew that sixth form wasn’t for me. At the age of 16, I went to college to study for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT and I passed with a triple Distinction star.

I started my 15-month apprenticeship with Google in October 2020. In my role, I can complete my apprenticeship work alongside working as a front-line IT technician for Google, specifically providing support for employees.

I have a line manager and mentor as well as a business coach who provides support within my apprenticeship. They are always there for me if I need guidance or support.

I’ve had many career talks within Google, but I have also been given support to find a job outside the organisation if I wish. I’m always striving to be the best I can be. It just shows that anything is possible, even if you do not have a degree. I was awarded a Distinction for my apprenticeship. I don’t have the qualifications that some people do, but I have the hands-on experience and a hard-working attitude to achieve my goals, that is invaluable.

They are always there for me if I need guidance or support.

Frankie Tessie

Waqar Ali

Marketing & Digital Assistant, Sony Music

The apprenticeship alumnus

In 2015, I started running a fan account for Miley Cyrus which amassed over a million followers on various platforms. Her team saw it and reached out to me, so I began working with them on digital campaigns! Whilst at university, I studied surgery but realised it wasn’t my passion. Then I had an epiphany: people actually have music industry careers in digital marketing – so why not aim for that?

I successfully applied to Google in 2019 for a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship, which was incredible. I was assigned to the marketing insights team whose work includes researching advertising effectiveness and optimising brand messaging. While I was an apprentice I ended up as project lead on amazing projects, including working as co-lead on one of the organisation’s most successful and high-powered global marketing campaigns. Lots of trust was placed in me.

I was also given exceptional support. My managers and mentors knew I had music industry ambitions, so assigned me to projects to equip me with the skillsets and knowledge I would need. I still have my mentor from Google, even though I’ve been working at Sony Music since January 2021. What goes around comes around: Miley is signed to our label now — so I’m still championing her!

Apprentices at Google are part of our mission to build great products for every user, and their different experiences help ensure that our products are as diverse as our users. Apprenticeships contribute towards the development of digital skills by providing opportunities for work and study. They can serve as part of your journey to a meaningful career. During the program, apprentices get exposure to different areas and teams at Google, while receiving external training and developing their professional skills on the job.

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