6 March, 2018

Why an M&S apprenticeship works for Tia

With National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) in full swing, employers and apprentices from across the country celebrate the success and importance of apprenticeships for both people and businesses. At M&S we strongly believe that apprenticeships are a great way to progress in your career and an equally amazing way for our business to attract and develop diverse talent with the skills we need.

That’s why we are proud to introduce you to Tia, who is currently doing her A-Levels in mathematics, psychology and sociology. And in September 2018, Tia will begin her Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship with us. The Level 7 Apprenticeship is a first for us – increasingly as our apprenticeship offering grows, we’re able to offer a broader range of opportunities. Over the next six years, as a solicitor apprentice, Tia will gain training and experience across all areas of the in-house Legal Department. But why did Tia choose an apprenticeship at M&S? We think this question is important to ask in order to understand the true value of apprenticeships and the role they play in the future of our business.

“I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to get more real-world experience and I wanted the freedom for personal growth. I didn’t want to just jump into the academic world only to come out of it and be told I don’t have enough real working experience to get a job. I think the advantage of an apprenticeship is it gives you a lot more experience, not just in actual day-to-day work but with people in a professional environment. I think university can’t teach you that.

“And why I chose M&S? I saw the advertisement for the application on CILEx Law School, so I did a bit of a research. Obviously M&S is a big household name, so immediately I liked that. I also looked into the initiatives of the company, like the Plan-A strategy. It just felt like M&S spoke my language and shared my values.

“I was shocked when I got the offer. I went through the online assessments and then the assessment centre. There were a lot of applicants and just one spot. I was so happy and so proud of myself, because I'd wanted it so badly and I knew that if I got it, I would work hard.

“I’m so glad things worked out this way for me. I just thought from day one that an apprenticeship was a better route in terms of experience and lessons that you learn. The one thing I would say to people who are in my shoes is to stay motivated. Even if you don't hear back from places for a long time, stay motivated. Also, work very hard in school to get the best grades you can because it opens up so many doors. Finally, don’t compare yourself to others. Someone might seem like they’re better than you but you need to believe in your own unique skills and value. If you do, others will see it too.”

M&S apprenticeship opportunities are open later in the year. Keep an eye on our careers website and follow our social channels for regular updates. 

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