Meet our Schools Team Leader and former apprentice, Lucy Lodge!
After studying her BTEC in Media Production at Middlesbrough College (formerly known as Teesside Tertiary), and working part-time during her studies, Lucy decided she wanted to learn and earn at the same time. She applied for a Business Admin apprenticeship at Middlesbrough College and was successful in securing a role within the marketing department. Eighteen years later and Lucy is still thriving in her career at the College! She is now in a management position within the Schools Liaison Team at the College, guiding her team to prepare and inform secondary school learners about their future options.
Lucy said: “I decided I wanted to apply for an apprenticeship within marketing as I studied Media Production at College and wanted to gain more knowledge and on-the-job experience within the sector.
“On my first day at the College I was surprised at how quickly I made friends with all of my colleagues and after a full day in the office I realised that it was the perfect place for me. I worked and studied hard and completed my Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. The variety of learning was something I really enjoyed.
“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship! You have to be prepared to put in the work, but if you are ready to get into the workplace, then an apprenticeship is a perfect route. You get the hands-on and practical experience of working on the job, as well as gaining those valuable qualifications to add to your CV.”
After completing her apprenticeship, Lucy gained a full-time position at the College in the admissions team. She then progressed within the marketing department and is now the Schools Team Leader for the Middlesbrough College Group.
She said: “I’ve worked at the College for 18 years and my role has changed a lot since starting as an apprentice. I absolutely love my role as the Schools Team Leader, I love the fact that I now promote courses such as apprenticeships to school leavers! I can share my experiences and give them direct advice from my own achievements which helps students to understand how apprenticeships work, and how they can benefit them.
“My advice to anyone who is thinking about applying for an apprenticeship is to do your research and find out what kind of company you would like to work for. Employers are also keen to take on students who have passed their English and maths GCSE qualifications, so try to do your best at school and push to get those top grades! I’d also say to students that you should be open to new experiences. By taking on a variety of tasks you will gain lots of experience and knowledge that will help you to progress in your career.
“Middlesbrough College is a fantastic place to work. Since starting my apprenticeship, I’ve expanded my CV with lots of qualifications and experiences. I’ve also enjoyed working with such amazing staff! The College has really looked after me as a long term member of staff and have provided me with opportunities to develop and progress.
“In my spare time I like to visit family and friends and spend time with my little boy.”