Christopher Brierley was named Apprentice of the Year 2014 for Vital Human Resources following the successful completion of his rail apprenticeship, and subsequently embarking on further apprenticeship qualifications that have enabled him to progress to a trainer. We caught up with Chris to find out more about his experience.
Words: Jennifer Morris
What was your apprenticeship in?
My apprenticeship was in rail engineering and track renewals, Level 2.
What have you done in the past year, since completing your apprenticeship?
Since my apprentice I have got a job being a trainee trainer with Morson Vital Training – I am really enjoying it.
What other qualifications have you completed?
I have completed a level 3 award in education and training. I am also quite close to completing my assessors course.
What is your job title now?
Trainee trainer, until I pass my assessors course and get assessed on teaching and assessing someone for myself.
By completing the apprenticeship, what has it meant for your career opportunities?
Completing any apprentice is good to have on your CV – I have gained new skills and qualifications that significantly increase my employability.
Why did you enjoy the apprenticeship?
I enjoyed the apprentice because it was hands on and I knew I would end up with a career at the end of the apprenticeship.
What are your career aspirations now?
My career aspirations now are to be the best I can be today then move up the ranks in the job and end up one day becoming the manager if not higher of a training company.