Posted: 08 Feb. 2022 5 min. read

Apprenticeships – A great start to your career

To mark Apprenticeship Week Wales, Jude Davy, who completed his Business Administration apprenticeship last year, reflects on his apprenticeship at Deloitte and why it was the right choice for him.

I left school after completing my A-levels and spent a year doing various things. I was in a part time job when I applied for Deloitte’s Business Administration apprenticeship. I was looking for an opportunity that would help me start my career .

The ad I saw for Deloitte’s apprenticeship programme was very appealing. I was looking for ‘apprenticeships in my area’ and saw social media advertisements for Deloitte pop up in my feed as well as when I searched online.

Applying for the role

At the outset, it can feel intimidating applying for roles at professional services firms at a fairly young age but Deloitte’s application process was very inviting. I didn’t know anything about Deloitte before I applied - all my research started when I began to look into the role and what the firm was offering.

I found the application process great. I had my own page on the recruitment portal that showed me the progression of my application which was super useful. I also felt comfortable when going along to interviews. They were in an easy to find location and the team who interviewed me were very friendly and helpful.

One tip I wish I’d been given, though – printing things out.  I would certainly recommend having a printer handy as if I’d had one, it would have certainly saved me time in the application process!

I was so ecstatic when I heard I got the job - I told my family straightaway as they knew how important getting this role was to me and they were thrilled for me.  I stared my apprenticeship in March 2020 and I completed it in July 2021.

Where I am today

I am an Assistant in the Engagement Support Services team in the Central Business Services division, which is based in the firm’s Cardiff Delivery Centre. In our department, my colleagues and I assist with the completion of conflict checks and the ‘take on process’ that is activated when we have been appointed to work on new client engagements.  This means working closely with various engagement teams to assist them in their engagements – the client teams could be located in the UK or overseas.

I really like the work I’m doing - I like that every piece of work is different which keeps it interesting. I find the job is not stressful and I feel very comfortable in my role.  I like that you can bring new ideas to the table and that everyone is supportive.

The people factor

My team is great - I work with the most brilliant people who are supportive and good fun. Everyone is always positive; we chat and support each other. It makes such a difference when you can all enjoy each other’s company.

The pandemic has been difficult for everyone on a social basis. However, I found that Deloitte adapted well, and I have been able to make many friends virtually. One positive thing about working from home – you don’t have to spend lots of money – or time - on travel!

The apprenticeship allows me to interact with all my fellow apprentices and personal team which are all super nice and fun to be around. I’ve got involved in various activities and attended events such as Movember, Christmas, Black Lives Matter events which have all been insightful and enjoyable.

The right choice

I feel very lucky to be where I am - I enjoy my role day in and day out, I love the people here and their values.

Personally, I found there was a lot of pressure at school to go to university, and I think I made the correct choice for me by going after an apprenticeship. With an apprenticeship, you get to earn while you learn and I see this as such a brilliant opportunity. When I was working weekends in my previous employment, my social life and mental wellbeing were dipping. Whereas now I have the opportunity to learn skills, meet new people, earn money, gain a qualification and all with a secure job. 

What I liked most about my apprenticeship and the training is that you’re given plenty of help and support. I’ve been able to meet new people. Even virtually, people are always there to help you and give you as much time as you need to adapt and learn.

Future aspirations

As for the future, I would definitely like to progress further within the firm. Deloitte gives you great opportunities to diversify your work and develop new skills. 

Apprenticeship Week Wales celebrates apprenticeships and the value they bring to employers and learners across Wales.

#WPCYMRU #AWWALES #BuildTheFuture

Deloitte is a supporter of Apprenticeship Week Wales and, by sharing our stories, we would like to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career. We’re one of a number of employers celebrating the apprenticeship community, highlighting the opportunities to earn a wage and gain new skills and qualifications, and showcasing the resilience of apprentices and their employers during the pandemic.

You can find out more on our apprenticeship programmes on our careers pages  – we offer both higher and entry level apprenticeships.

Deloitte's virtual Spring careers festival

Deloitte’s virtual Spring careers festival is underway - a programme of virtual events that potential applicants can join, as well as parents, teachers and careers advisors. It’s open to everyone and focused on helping you learn more and make career decisions. Events range from discover sessions, where people can chat online with Deloitte people about different opportunities at our firm, upskill sessions – on demand or live – to boost your strengths or find out more about our assessment process, as well as ‘Meet Deloitte’ sessions.

Find out more here.

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