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Graham Caygill - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and IOSH qualification.

Graham signed off from the Army after 6 years' service. During his time in the Army he knew he would have to prepare for the day when he left, so decided early on what his end goal would be and completed qualifications that would benefit him after he left.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE LEVEL 3 ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP?
Working in the FSTs the Level 3 Telecoms Apprenticeship was offered to me whilst completing my ACS course. It was then that I decided that this was the career I would like to follow and so snapped up the qualification. Following this, in resettlement, I completed IOSH so that I had back up to my Apprenticeship and could 'manage health and safety' as well.
 
WHAT WAS THE COURSE LIKE?
The course was better than I expected. To complete evidence in a portfolio that was alongside my normal day to day job was a no brainer. All it took was a few extra hours and to put my brain into thinking mode and I was there!

HOW USEFUL HAS THE QUALIFICATION BEEN?
Life changing! I have bagged a job from a Security Systems company near to where I live, who are ELCAS providers. They said in my interview that having the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship was a great qualification to have on my CV and definitiely went in my favour.
 
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ANYONE WHO’S INTERESTED IN TAKING THE COURSE?
It’s a really useful qualification with a lot of opportunities, until I started looking for employment I had no idea the avenues it would open. If like me you’re still serving, you’ll also find it beneficial to your current role. My biggest tip would be to make sure you use your learning credits and do these courses sooner rather than later.
 

Gunner Kendal Wiltshire, 26 Regiment Royal Artillery winner of Apprentice of the Year in 2014 in the RA PD Awards 2014

What have you been doing since you won the award?
Following on from completion of my apprenticeship, I have completed my CAVA award, and signed up for Traffic Office Level 3 and am now the regimental assessor for DGV Level 2 in Gutersloh. I had a baby in November of last year so am on maternity leave until September. This means I have lots of spare time so I help Shaun, PD Advisor Gutersloh out one day a week completing reviews in the Learning Centre.

So having a baby hasn’t stopped you from doing anything?
No my baby comes with me to the Learning Centre and is often involved with assessor meetings.

What do you see as the benefits of becoming an assessor? You are getting a qualification for free, and you get paid to be an assessor. It’s also good to be helping others with their learning as well.

What’s next? I would like to stay in the MT world and can see myself completing teaching qualifications or the full IQA award so that I can still carry on doing what I love in my day job and by helping others to get qualifications to.

Has anyone supported or encouraged you along the way?
My COC are fully behind me to help me develop myself and allow me the time to complete my studies, as they would be with anyone. It is just a shame that some people don’t make use of the opportunities available to them and see pd as extra work, when in fact it will benefit them in the future, and it is for free!

Sergeant Megan Wildish, The King’s Troop RHA

What made you decide to become an assessor?

I had heard that you get a financial incentive for being an assessor and I had been thinking of doing some personal development for a while, so spoke to my PD Advisor Rob Dawkins who started the ball rolling.

I have also realised that I need to start thinking about the future and get myself ready for civvy street, so the more qualifications I can get now should prepare me better.

Is there any other qualifications you would like to do?

Yes I have signed up for the Level 3 in Education and Training as I hope to work in a teacher/trainer kind of role when I leave.

What are the benefits of being an assessor?

It is so rewarding helping others, not only am I developing myself but I’m helping others to develop at the same time. I am only on my first set of learners so have yet to see a learner through to the end, but I’m sure when it happens the end product will be an achievement in itself.