Former A Level Geology, Geography and Psychology student James talks about his Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Cornwall National Landscape (AONB).

Previous School: Looe Community Academy

Courses studied: A Levels in Geology, Geography and Psychology

Progression: Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship - Cornwall National Landscape (AONB)

What does your role as an apprentice involve?

I work on a National Lottery Heritage Funded project called ‘A Monumental Improvement’ which looks at nurturing 38 scheduled monuments in the Cornwall National Landscape which will be better identified, supported and enjoyed by a wide range of communities and visitors.

I support our activity program which involves running outreach events at the heritage sites to help people feel more connected to the sites, as well as understand their significance and importance. I’m also responsible for raising the profile of our project through marketing on our social media platforms, as well as publicity on our webpage and e-newsletter.

What made you choose the apprenticeship route?

I wanted to be able to gain valuable work experience whilst also gaining a qualification.

How did Callywith support and influence your decision to do an apprenticeship?

Whilst at college my tutor and lecturers gave me an insight into the various routes and opportunities that apprenticeships bring and how they can be just as significant as going to university.

What’s the best thing about an apprenticeship?

The best thing about an apprenticeship is making connections within a working environment, as well as gaining knowledge from people with years’ worth of experience.

What's next?

I am now in a new role within the organisation following a distinction in my exam. My new role is Admin Officer for Communications and Marketing which involves much more responsibility for raising the profile of the Monumental Improvement Project.

What advice would you give to students considering an apprenticeship?

There are lots of opportunities outside of going to university, an apprenticeship is certainly one option and I have benefitted greatly from gaining work experience whilst gaining my qualification which I highly recommend.