Our Apprenticeship stories: Klaudia and Hadiya explain why they chose an apprenticeship with Career Connect.


As a charity, Career Connect helps young people across the Northwest find their career path – and for many, that path includes an Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships range from business administration and construction to cybersecurity and even production assistance in film and TV.

We’re proud to have Apprentices on our staff at Career Connect – and this National Apprenticeship Week we spoke to two of them, Klaudia and Hadiya.

They share why they chose an apprenticeship, and how they have benefited from this route.

“I could study for the career I wanted while also gaining real-world experience.”

Klaudia Ignaszak is a Finance Apprentice at Career Connect’s Head Office in Liverpool. Klaudia said:  

This image Klaudia, who is doing a National Apprenticeship with Career Connect. “I chose an apprenticeship when I was struggling at university due to COVID and ongoing strikes. An apprenticeship felt like the best option for me, as I could study for the career I wanted while also gaining real-world experience.

“My apprenticeship has been very beneficial for me, as I can access study materials and online lectures as soon as they’re ready. I also get support from my ‘talent coach’ manager with the tasks I need to complete to pass my qualification.

 “I chose an apprenticeship with Career Connect because the work interested me and it was something I wanted to learn more about.

“What I really find useful about my apprenticeship is that I get to choose the dates of my exams, which helps me to manage my workload in a much more effective and flexible way.”

“My apprenticeship comes with many benefits.”

Hadiya Gul Rahman is a Business Administration Apprentice with our Manchester youth team.  Hadiya said:

I am grateful that I started an apprenticeship.  As someone who didn’t know what their options were after school and struggled in deciding, I’m glad I chose this pathway.

“I’d taken part in “Find Your Path”, a work experience programme that Career Connect was delivering for NatWest Bank, which helped me develop some of the skills I felt I was missing. A couple of months later, I saw a business administration apprenticeship vacancy with Career Connect and decided to apply.

“My apprenticeship comes with many benefits.  I get great support from my team. I have the flexibility of working and studying, and most importantly, I’m learning skills while I’m getting settled into my new position.

“I believe apprenticeships are ideal for anyone who wants to develop their skills while still getting a qualification.”

“We can bring in new talent at all levels, with amazing new energy and ideas.” 

Karen Parry, Chief Operations Officer, Career Connect said:

“As a charity, we are committed to raising aspirations and creating better futures for young people and adults. It also makes good business sense for us, because we can bring in new talent at all levels, with amazing new energy and ideas. 

“Many of our apprentices choose to stay with us and gain permanent jobs at the end of their apprenticeship, often working their way up into senior roles such as Management Accountant.

“I was an apprentice myself, starting at the age 16, and I am now Career Connect’s Chief Operating Officer. I really benefitted from the apprenticeship route. I’m now in a senior leadership role which I love, and where I get to make a difference to people’s futures every day.”

Are you a young person not in education, employment or training and interested in apprenticeships?

Our local teams may be able to help you identify and apply for an apprenticeship.

Find out how to contact your local team on our Contact Us page.

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