Rana talks about her experience on our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme!

Rana joined our HLDA programme after completing a Budding Brunels courses in 2018.

Although passionate about construction and the built environment, Rana had been unaware of different routes into the industry. She had been given a rough picture of apprenticeships at school, but they had always been presented to her as just the ‘other option’ to university. After working with the Trust, however, Rana sees apprenticeships as having equal value to more traditional university routes.

The most useful thing Rana found about the HLDA programme was the sustained support she received from the HLDA team at Construction Youth Trust. As part of the programme, students interested in pursuing an apprenticeship within construction receive one-to-one mentoring and progression support throughout their application journey.

“The most useful thing for me was working with people who genuinely care because it really did motivate me to keep going despite how competitive the industry is.”

This mentoring includes personalised CV guidance, reviews of applications, advice when attending interviews and weekly updates about opportunities within the industry. For Rana, this sustained support has proved essential for keeping her motivated and focussed during what she found to be an extremely competitive process. She has especially found the weekly email updates about live apprenticeship opportunities a very useful tool.

“The ongoing calls and emails to check in have helped me get where I am today. I have had many work experience placements, all arranged by Construction Youth Trust, which were very useful. By the end of the work experience I had made great contacts that I was able to refer to when applying to do an apprenticeship at their business.”

Rana is currently in Year 13 studying Business BTEC, and we are continuing to work closely with her to support her in reaching her higher level apprenticeship goal.

“When working with you face to face, over the phone and via email you can really see how passionate and dedicated they are to help you reach your goals.”