Lydia - eLearning and Multimedia Modern Apprentice, NHS Tayside

My name is Lydia and I'm an elearning and multimedia Modern Apprentice. I've been working for NHS Tayside for about a year.

How did you first hear about the apprenticeship?

My auntie shared the job advert on Facebook.

Why did you decide to do this apprenticeship?

I left High school with the qualifications that would have got me into university but it never felt right. I wanted to do something different but I wasn't sure what.

I have always loved the idea of getting straight into the workplace while being able to learn at the same time. A Modern Apprenticeship was never a consideration of mine until the opportunity came along. It seemed to be a perfect fit for everything I need in my life right now.

How has this helped you? How will it benefit your future career?

I am learning how to communicate better daily and how to form good working relationships. It is also teaching me how to manage my money best. Overall, I feel like I am constantly learning new skills and gaining confidence.

Choosing to do a Modern Apprenticeship has been so fulfilling in many ways. It is definitely the best use of my time as I am working, earning and getting real work-life experience. I'm also gaining qualifications all at the same time.

Tell us about a typical day

I come into work for 8am and log into my computer. I check my emails and then go and see my line manager.

We look over our recent tasks and we discuss our next steps, I then go and edit and create eLearning modules, using the Learn Pro authoring tool. The modules are used for staff training and cover different topics. I work closely with subject matter experts, to make sure the content is accurate.

This takes up the majority of the day until 4pm home time. 

The main challenges of being a Modern Apprentice are coming in so young, trying to find my feet within the team and also getting used to working full-time.

What do you wish you knew before you started your apprenticeship?

I wish I could’ve known how welcomed I would feel as this was my main concern before starting. My line manager has been very patient with me and is willing to help me learn at my own pace. My colleagues have been very supportive and friendly and I am settling in very well.

What advice would you give to anyone who is thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?

Do it! If you don’t feel that university is the path for you, then there is a high chance that this is!