George Cox is currently completing his Marketing Assistant Apprenticeship with Webmart through Oxford Professional Education Group.
Why did you decide to sign up to the apprenticeship?
I decided to sign up for the apprenticeship because I believe it is just the start of my learning, it will guide me to understand what I need to learn within marketing and helps me apply what I learn to the real world. I also didn’t want to be in full time education so for me, this was the best option.
How are you finding your apprenticeship?
So far, I am almost 6 months in. At the beginning I was excited to be able to learn a new skill but at the same time nervous that I would struggle to keep up with a new job and a marketing course, knowing next to nothing about either. But the help and support I receive from the apprenticeship team and the business I work for helps to relieve this worry.
How does the apprenticeship support your daily work?
I find it incredibly helpful as I can learn and then visualise what I am learning with an actual business. It ultimately helps me envision how it all functions and knowing this supports my knowledge with marketing.
Tell us about the company and what your job role involves?
The company I work for is called Webmart, they are a sustainable marketing company, that offers all kinds of solutions. Currently, my role is sales and marketing, this allows me to branch out within my skills and helps me learn how the business functions. I offer a lot of creative services and I am also helping with digital marketing and applying everything I learn from the apprenticeship to the business, wherever I can.
How does Oxford Professional Education Group support you in your apprenticeship?
They support me by scheduling 1-2-1 meetings with me and progress reviews that help me stay on track and answer any questions I have, or worries. I find this extremely helpful as knowing where I might need help or where I am not as strong in knowledge, my tutor can help me more with these topics and this reassures me that I am on the correct path.
Would you recommend this apprenticeship to others?
As someone who has gone straight from school, I think this apprenticeship would be perfect for anyone. Not only are you learning and not completely transitioning into a working life, but you also learn a lot from the business you work for, and you can apply everything you learn to the real world. Marketing will always be needed; therefore, I think is not a skill that can be wasted.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting an apprenticeship?
I think the best advice I can give is to prioritise what is important, get out of the habit of procrastinating and make sure the apprenticeship you are starting you have an interest in. if you have an interest in what you are learning then it won’t feel like work. Secondly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to know everything, you are taking an apprenticeship to learn, therefore you won’t know everything, learning takes time, but you can never stop learning.
Oxford College of Apprenticeships is a main provider of apprenticeships and help a range of organisations to find suitable apprentices. If you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship in marketing, project management or procurement, get in touch with our team to find out more about any current opportunities.