Kielan Bawtree works as an IT Administrator Apprentice at Aldermore Bank. Having recently passed with distinction in his Business Administration apprenticeship, we managed to find some time to catch up with Kielan to find out more about his apprenticeship journey and his future career aspirations.
What made you decide to do an apprenticeship?
After completing my A-Levels during Covid I decided I no longer wanted to learn in a classroom environment. It made more sense to learn new skills whilst on the job and earning money. It also allowed me to work towards achieving a qualification. This route was far more attractive to me than the more conventional university pathway.
What has been the biggest learning point of your apprenticeship?
The biggest learning points of my apprenticeship would have to be the skills and techniques I was able to demonstrate during my project. I learnt new skills such as project management, stakeholder relationships and decision making. I found the apprenticeship challenging but I know it was an important part of my career progression and it helped build my confidence and contributed towards my performance in my role.
How has the apprenticeship impacted you and your development?
The apprenticeship has significantly improved my performance and confidence within my current role. It’s supported the development of key administrative and professional techniques and I’ve learnt a lot of new skills. I feel it has provided me with the fundamentals to progress and allow me to work to my full potential.
How did you find the support you received from Damar during your apprenticeship?
I had a meeting with my coach at the end of every module (every 6 weeks) and a group coaching session during each module. In this time, we were able to ask questions, receive feedback on criteria, talk about our progress and discuss future tasks. It was reassuring to know that I had access to the course content and contact details for safeguarding.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering doing an apprenticeship?
I would recommend they consider their personal preferences with learning styles and flexible working. I would recommend doing an apprenticeship as it gives you important experience and exposure whilst working towards a qualification.
What are your future career aspirations?
I plan to further develop my financial and data handling knowledge and skills. My ambition is to gain a promotion within Aldermore, support future projects and help with continued success.