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Well, goodbye Christmas!

Added by Apprenticeships Norfolk on 15/01/2016 1:55pm

Well, goodbye Christmas!

The last couple of weeks have been really busy, the Christmas break seems like a lifetime ago. The first day back is always a bit of a chore, brushing off the Christmas cobwebs and catching up on all the emails I’ve received whilst off enjoying a mountain of turkey. After that initial shock of returning to work, it’s back to normal. I’ve barely stopped over the last two weeks.

As an apprentice youth worker every day is different.  Obviously a lot of it involves working with young people. I’m mentoring students in schools, helping them to explore their futures and build self-confidence, so that they are ready for the world of work.

As well as mentoring, I work with the South Norfolk Youth Advisory Board helping young people to be engaged with the local decision making process. We also run life skills courses to prepare young people for the real world; cooking, budgeting, decision making and looking at careers and further education. It’s great fun and really worthwhile to watch these young people blossom.

I’m also involved in the planning of the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival that will be running on the 9th and 10th of March at the Norfolk Showground. This will be an incredible event bringing Norfolk schools together with some of our leading businesses.

Norfolk is a great place to live and work and we hope to inspire a generation of young people to do just that! It’s a lot of work, but when the doors open at the Showground, it’ll be worth all the hard work.

As well as all of that, my diary is filling up with dates for workshops in schools, careers fairs and events and on Monday I’ll be off to do some training in youth mental health for a couple of days.

An apprenticeship is certainly not about making the tea (barely had the time for a cuppa myself) it’s about doing meaningful work that helps you gain knowledge, skills and experience that you’ll need for your future career.

Chris Betts

Youth work apprentice, NCC