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The Institute Amelia Russell

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Part of our apprentice panel podcasts, Jamilah Simpson our apprentice panel host interviews apprentice panel lead, Amelia Russell.

Amelia, 23, is currently completing her level 3 business administration apprenticeship at The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

As a care leaver, her education journey has been a challenge:

“I become very aware of the possibility of failing school and of not being able to do well in life. It terrified me. At the age of 14, I was fostered. Luckily, I was encouraged massively by my foster parents; I am forever grateful to them for giving me the confidence and self-belief I needed.”

Another obstacle Amelia has faced is preparing for her end-point assessment in lockdown. Working from home since March 2020 and adapting to virtual learning but that hasn’t stopped her:

“It's definitely been a challenge, but if you really want it to work, you really got to put the effort in. I am leading up to my EPA, and I've been so excited, just to finish my apprenticeship, and to say I've finished it, and I did it. Even after a year in a pandemic and lockdown, and it's been a real struggle.”

You can find more information about the apprentice panel on the Institute’s website.

You can subscribe to The Institute talks podcast on Amazon MusicApple podcastSpotify and all other major podcast platforms.

You can read transcripts for this podcast episode on Podbean.

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