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National Apprenticeship Week - Q&A With Sascha Lewis

We catch up with our newly qualified Event Assistant Apprentice...

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I didn’t think university was for me, but I also didn’t want to miss out on learning opportunities so an apprenticeship was a good option for me as it allowed me to dive straight into the workplace, gaining valuable first-hand experience of the events industry and broadening my knowledge of the different career paths that it could lead to. I had no expectations of the scheme, I was just excited to take part and be involved in real projects and acquiring real skills that the job demanded.

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What have you learnt along the way?

There have been lots of learnings throughout my time on the scheme and beyond! I had little knowledge of the intricacies that went into producing events at the start of my journey, and the journey itself has been a learning curve but a big take-away for me is being skilfully thorough in the role. Check, double check and triple check… and then get someone else to check again! When there are tight turnaround times and deadlines, there is very little room for errors. And always ask questions, no matter how trivial they may seem. 

What has been your biggest achievement whilst on the scheme?

I won a DRPG Award for Young Achiever of the Year. It felt great to be acknowledged by colleagues and I was proud to know my hard work is valued and recognised!

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How did you balance the requirements of the apprenticeship with the day-to-day demands of your role?

The learning modules and assignments that formed the basis on the event assistant scheme were constantly at the back of my mind! Whilst I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunities and responsibilities of the day-to-day role, the assignments did equip me to think strategically so I was able to apply this to the role. I was fully supported and encouraged by DRPG so I always felt there was guidance and that the team were on my side to do the best and reach my potential.

"I was fully supported and encouraged by DRPG so I always felt there was guidance and that the team were on my side to do the best and reach my potential."

What advice do you have for anyone thinking about or starting an apprenticeship scheme?

Go for it. If you’re not 100% sold on the idea of university, apprenticeships are a good route to explore your interests whilst gaining experience and valuable knowledge of the industry. 



By Sascha Lewis - Project Co-ordinator and Cecilia Law - Senior Marketer