5th February 2020
It’s never too late to learn a new skill, and for Jen Price she believes just that. Having already accomplished a lot in her 35 years, raising three children and working her way up to management level at the company where she’d worked for over 15 years, she was at a point in her life where she wanted to try something new. Learning of a new role at Bromsgrove based training provider, InterLearn and enticed by its values and the apparent opportunity to progress, she decided to jump in at the deep end and start a new role within their Compliance Team.
Since joining InterLearn, Jen has progressed to her current role as Enrolment & IAG Team Leader. In 2018, she was offered the chance to complete a Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3 apprenticeship and not one to shy away from a new challenge, she decided to grab it with both hands – and has never looked back. Speaking about her career journey so far, Jen said; “Prior to the training world, I worked within the motor industry where I was assistant manager of a contact centre. Having previously completed a Level 2 Team Leader Qualification in my younger years, I always wanted the opportunity to progress from this, but felt apprenticeships were only ever offered to those who had just left school. When I was given the chance to complete my Level 3 apprenticeship with InterLearn, I couldn’t believe my luck! A chance to earn while I learned and upskill with new knowledge seemed a win-win situation for me.”
When asked about her experience as an apprentice Jen tells us honestly; “It has been great to be able to go through the same experience as our learners. I have learned so many new skills, particularly, communication and time management. For me personally, the masterclasses and learning about the knowledge, have been fantastic. I feel I have been very lucky as my manager has been great, whenever I have needed to dedicate time to my work and my off-the-job element, he has ensured I am not given any additional tasks and have had the time I need to complete them. I have also found working with other apprentices has been the perfect situation. We have managed to support each other throughout the course and seek advice on any difficulties we may have faced at any time.” She also added, “Not only am I enjoying the experience, but my children love the fact that I am doing an apprenticeship too! They really enjoy that I am learning about my Maths through functional skills. There have been many times where we can compare notes and encourage each other. It also makes me feel that I’m making a good impression on them, showing that anything is possible no matter what age you are.”
Jen’s role as the Enrolment & IAG Team Leader, gives her the chance to share her experiences with other learners who are looking to start their own apprenticeship journey with their employer. When questioned on what advice she gives to those who are thinking about an apprenticeship, Jen said, “I tell them to go for it! It’s a fantastic opportunity and one not to be missed!”
Jen is due to complete her apprenticeship next month and we wish her the best of luck; not that she seems to need it.
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