https://fasttrack.blog.gov.uk/2014/09/26/my-first-week-as-a-fast-track-apprentice/

My first week as a Fast Track Apprentice

Head shot of Annie Hearn, Fast Track Apprentice with the Cabinet OfficeFor the next two years I will be a Civil Service Fast Track apprentice, working in the communications team at the Cabinet Office. I have only been here for five days, but already I feel confident I have chosen the right career path.

There are many reasons why the Civil Service fast track apprenticeship is so appealing. Not least that you get an introduction to a career while getting excellent experience and a salary at the same time. As an apprentice, there is so much to learn. You are also stretched and challenged every day, but in a supportive and structured environment. It also feels like the work you're involved in can make a difference.

Every day so far has been exciting and dynamic. I have already learnt so much and have made some fond memories over my first week.

For example on my third day I shadowed a meeting in Downing Street, which was an unforgettable event. I walked through the iconic gates and had a tour of Number 10, which was amazing and something few people get to experience. I was even lucky enough to see David Cameron!

The induction event was another great way of making the transition to work easier. The day was filled with ice breakers and tips, as well as speeches from ministers, including one by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

I think it shows that even as an apprentice you are welcomed into the heart of government and have the chance to meet high profile ministers.

It's daunting leaving school and going straight into a full time job, particularly one in government. But this transition has been so much easier because of the support of the people I'm working with. The team are so welcoming and the management are so proactive that I have felt instantly part of the team. No question is too silly, and I am encouraged to take every opportunity to learn and make the most of my apprenticeship.

The fast track scheme may be new, but it has already gained a reputation for providing fantastic opportunities. I've already experienced some of them in an amazing first week, and I cannot wait to continue to learn and grow within the Civil Service.

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