Apprenticeship Engagement Officer, Sunderland Engineering Training Association (SETA)

Nathan Lyle
May 13, 2021

Hello, I’m Nathan Lyle. I work for Seta, which is one of largest engineering training providers in the North East. I’m currently enrolled on a level 4 Sales Executive Apprenticeship.

I started my apprenticeship journey as a level 3 Business Administration Apprentice after I left school in 2018. Most of the people in my year went to college or sixth form and a handful went in to apprenticeships. I know from my experience that apprenticeships are the way forward as they provide the hand-on training with real work experience. I wish that apprenticeships got more publicity at school as they are seen as a different option that no one really talked about.

My level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship was the perfect place to start after I left school. It gave me the confidence and building blocks to start a long and rewarding career. I received a wide range of training which benefited me as I gained new skills which meant I was able to take up more responsibilities within my role in the Business Development Team. I learnt something new every day which made the journey even better. Without the support from Seta and my line manager I would not have been able to gain a distinction at the end of my apprenticeship.

I was lucky enough to progress on to my level 4 Sales Apprenticeship with Seta once I had completed my level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship. It was great to see that Seta was planning for the future and they were happy to invest in my ongoing development plan which is tailored to me. I hope to progress on to a level 6 apprenticeship after I have completed my level 4.

No two days are the same in my role as I deal with a range of task. From speaking with pupils about becoming an apprentice in schools to discussing potential apprenticeships pathways with companies and everything in between. I enjoy my job as I get to help people and start them in career that will last a lifetime. I’m now able to support new staff coming in to the business and support them in starting their career like I did when I was 16. I would recommend an apprenticeship because, it helps you develop as an individual and sets you up for a career for life. You gain the same qualifications as people that go to college but you earn whist you learn on an apprenticeship.

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