Photo of Amelia Tickle, HR and Recruitment ApprenticeThis year, Tunstall Healthcare hired three UK Apprentices, based in HR & Recruitment, Finance and Health & Safety. Our apprenticeship scheme works with colleges and learning providers, to help young adults kick start their working life by learning through action, working full-time and getting support and development for the next step in their careers.

Here, Amelia Tickle, our HR & Recruitment Apprentice writes a blog about her experiences of our apprenticeship scheme and why she chose to become an apprentice over going to college for further education.

Amelia’s experience of being our HR and Recruitment Apprentice

“I found out about this apprenticeship online as I was desperate not to go to college as I wanted to gain valuable first-hand experience in a work environment, rather than spending another two years in a classroom. In the summer I applied for my role at Tunstall, and fortunately was offered the role as HR and Recruitment Apprentice. When I first started I had little knowledge about HR and Recruitment, I knew HR dealt with people law, and recruitment was the hiring process both which sounded interesting.

I thought my first day at Tunstall was going to be very scary – I had just finished school and was rolling straight into a full-time job for the first time. However, my colleagues are a very friendly bunch and I settled into my role and development very quickly. The experience I am gaining at Tunstall is endless, so far I have been to the CIPD 2015 conference in Manchester; travelled to the Birmingham office to learn about the Birmingham Telecare Service; spent the day out with an engineer visiting schemes across Grimsby, Nottinghamshire and Doncaster; learnt how our products are manufactured by touring around the factory; and also a trip to our response centre in Doncaster. I even got mini letter of appreciation from our CEO thanking me for my festive activities I had organised at Christmas, raising over £900 for the charity Text Santa. As well as working alongside people who have experience in all areas of HR and Recruitment.

I would recommend anyone to do an apprenticeship with Tunstall, the opportunity and training is endless, getting first-hand experience while working and earning. This apprenticeship has kick-started my career, to quote Carl Sagan “I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way”.”

What’s next for apprenticeships at Tunstall?

Tunstall have recently agreed a partnership with Learning Curve Group who are helping us develop an apprenticeship academy to support the continuous development of our existing Response Centre workforce. As well as this we are also developing a national apprenticeship scheme for our field based engineers of the future – stay tuned for more information.