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27 February 2018

Swap day provides valuable insight for Wiltshire College apprentices

Wiltshire College internal apprentices and their managers got a valuable insight into each other’s roles during a ‘swap’ day.

Six apprentices from HR, Business Development, Exams and Admissions, all based at the Trowbridge campus, took part in the event on Tuesday 27th February, which formed part of National Apprenticeship Week.

It gave apprentices the chance to swap jobs with their department managers and pick up each other’s roles. 

Business Development Manager Mark Ashton said: “The plan for the day was to give our apprentices and managers and insight into each other’s day to day duties.

“It proved a valuable opportunity and everyone involved fully committed their new temporary roles. 

"The day was a huge success and was hopefully the start of an annual event.”

Intermediate apprentice Chloe Smith, swapped roles with HR Assistant Principal Matt Wall.

The 20-year-old said: “I really enjoyed the swap day as I learned lots about Matt’s role and I think that he learned a few things from being in my role too!

“Learning more about what Matt does has broadened my knowledge on human resources and confirmed my motivation to progress my career within this sector.”

The swap day marked one year exactly since Social Media and Digital Marketing apprentice Leah Willkinson joined the College.

The 19-year-old, who has since completed her apprenticeship and is now working full time at the Trowbridge campus, said: “I wanted to pursue a career in marketing and so the apprenticeship was a great way for me to learn lots of different skills.

“I was particularly interested in graphic design and have enjoyed learning how to use various programmes such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop where I’ve created different marketing materials.

“I’ve also enjoyed promoting apprenticeship and vacancies that we have through being creative on social media.

“It seemed quite apt that the swap day took place a year to the date that I started my apprenticeship and now that I’ve completed, I’m really pleased to be continuing and developing the work that I started as an apprentice.”