This week is National Apprenticeship week so, to celebrate and show our support to apprenticeships, we’re getting our apprentices to write about their experiences. This is what Hannah, a recent addition to our team, who is completing a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Youth Work has to say about her first few months with us.
When I started my apprenticeship 4 months ago, most of my experience of youth work came from leading youth work sessions within a church setting. I completed a gap year in youth work but wanted to experience the secular (non-religious) field of youth work. Mainly to understand the different styles of youth work and investigate groups that target certain topics and issues such as mental health.
I am passionate about mental health and during my time doing the apprenticeship so far, my passion has only developed. Mental health has always been something I particularly wanted to go into and through doing this apprenticeship it has really confirmed that. I’ve realised and become more aware of the difficulties around mental health and well-being in young people. Learning a lot about the struggles that workers have in relation to helping the young people that are finding life hard. By shadowing these workers I’ve learnt how to deal with these struggles.
So far I’ve been able to work with a very broad variety of people who have their own role within the organization. These workers all have different skills and I have been able learn from their differing styles of youth work. I’ve attended meetings and training with people who work with the local council, social workers, counsellors and psychiatrists. All of whom I would not have met, unless I was doing work like this. I have been able to gain a lot of insight into what I would like to do in the future from talking to all of these people. It has enabled me to have the space to explore youth work in a different way and realise where my passions lie. As well as think about what kind of jobs I would love to do in the future, ones that would be fulfilling and help others.
I did not know what to expect when I first started the apprenticeship, but it has been a good experience for me so far and has taught me a lot about myself and what I want to achieve in life. I would recommend it to those that want to explore or go into a youth work position who have not had much experience with youth work before.