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Dani Shares Why She Joined the Apprenticeship Program in IBM UK

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(2 min read) In celebration of the UK National Apprenticeship Week 2019, we are featuring five apprentices from the UK as they share their stories and the program’s positive impact on their lives.

This blog features Danielle Arney, 19 years old, from Kent, UK. She is a degree apprentice currently working at IBM as part of the UK and Ireland Communications Team, based in IBM Southbank in London.

Why did you join the Apprenticeship Program?
As part of my apprenticeship, I attend Pearson Business School on Fridays where I am completing a degree in Business Management. I started my apprenticeship back in September 2018, a few months after I had completed my A Levels. I knew that university wasn’t the right option for me, I felt that understanding business was more effective through real life engagement compared to sitting in lectures at university.

Despite my school promoting the university route, my family were extremely supportive and believed this was much more suited to me. This pathway gave me the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge of working in a business environment and then apply these to my degree, all whilst earning a good salary.

What made you decide to join IBM’s Apprenticeship Program?
Looking at what IBM could offer, it was an obvious option to choose a degree apprenticeship pathway. IBM has a great apprentice community and supportive network allowing you to get the most out of the three years. In addition to this there are a range of extra communities you can get involved with, I joined the attraction ambassador team as a goal of mine is to promote apprenticeships and remove any stigma associated with them.

What is your role in IBM?
My role is great as it allows me to work across the Internal, External and Executive Communication teams which gives me the chance to develop a wide range of skills. The internal side is essentially improving how IBM employees communicate and external is all about ensuring we maintain a strong brand image. Some of the things I can look forward to in 2019 is the development of the “This is IBM” campaign, driving engagement over National Apprenticeship Week and Wimbledon.

What do you value most about the program?
Since starting my degree I’ve already had the chance to relate what I’m learning directly to my role at IBM. I’ve found this particularly useful as both parts of the apprenticeship complement each other in order to ensure I’m getting a great head start to my career. I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who is looking for an alternative route to university as you’re getting experiences you wouldn’t get elsewhere!

Watch Dani’s video interview here!

Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up skills for the workplace and embarking on a long and successful career. We have your professional development in mind from the day you join us as a permanent employee. Our apprenticeships range from Level 3 to Level 6 and each pathway gives you everything you need to start your career in the industry! You will get lots of exposure and an experience you simply can’t get anywhere else. In addition to the day job, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates.

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