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We talk to Apprentice Andy

We talk to Apprentice Andy about how things are going so far - his favourite bits, the challenges and his plans for the future.

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How did you come to join the Rockley Apprenticeship and why did you decide to join us?

I joined the Apprenticeship programme because it was always my goal as a BTEC student to try to become an RYA Instructor. I also joined as I am looking to upskill my and work towards my senior instructor and further qualifications in windsurfing, powerboating and potentially in multihull.

You previously did the Rockley BTEC Level 3 Sport (Outdoor Adventure) course. Was the Apprenticeship a natural career move?

This would depend on the student, but for me yes! It is getting me to where I want to be and is giving me an opportunity that I thought that I wouldn't get for years to come.

On the BTEC course you were a student whereas as an apprentice you are teaching practical skills to the current students. How have you found this transition from student to teacher?

I found it slightly challenging at the start due the closeness in age of the second years - we are only slightly older than them.  When instructing them, it was hard for them to understand that I am now their teacher and not college friend. The experience that I had working here over summer has helped though as I was teaching courses rather than just school groups. This has fiven me further teaching experience and the knowledge to progress someone's skills.

What challenges have you faced so far?

Probably the winter weather. It's difficult to stay motivated myself due to the cold, let alone motivate others. 

What are you enjoying most?

I am mostly enjoying the working environment as Rockley really is like a family. Plus, not everyone can say that they work on a beach and give life changing experiences. 

What are you looking forward to as an Apprentice with Rockley over the coming year?

I am looking forward to pushing myself both towards earning my RYA Senior Instructor qualification and improving my skills and knowledge as an instructor. I am also looking forward to another amazing summer season with Rockley here at Rockley Point. 

What are your plans on completion of the Apprenticeship?

I would like to remain a part of the BTEC team. Alternatively I would like to travel a bit, possibly visit Australia and work there or do a ski season in the Alps. Whatever I do next winter, I know I will be back applying for Rockley the following summer.

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