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#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Charlotte Probert, Marketing Apprentice at Dene Magna School


National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers.

We spoke to Charlotte Probert, Marketing Apprentice at Dene Magna School - part of the Forest of Dean Trust, to find out how her apprenticeship is going and what it’s been like as an apprentice through the pandemic lockdown.

Emily Stigant, ICT Manager at Dene Magna School and Charlotte’s line manager, also shared with us her top-tips for how to mentor an apprentice and explains why apprenticeships are so beneficial to businesses. You can read all about Emily’s experience of coaching an apprentice here.

Find out more about Charlotte’s experience as a Marketing apprentice below.

Charlotte Probert, Marketing Apprentice at Dene Magna School

Tell us about your apprenticeship experience so far?

I choose to do an apprenticeship because I liked the idea of gaining experience and qualifications at the same time. I also enjoy being hands on in a work place environment. I applied for my apprenticeship via the government website.

The marketing apprenticeship programme has helped me a lot in my job role. Without the apprenticeship, I would not have the knowledge to try different things. The apprenticeship programme aids me to reach my maximum potential without even realising it.

How do you balance your studies and work commitments?

I like to put what I am doing in my calendar which helps me to keep organised. This helps me when it comes to fitting studying for my apprenticeship around work as I schedule when I am going to complete the assignments, helping me keep on track.

How have you managed to progress in your apprenticeship throughout 2020/21, even during lockdown?

I have not actually been able to meet my new assessor Dawn at Gloucestershire College in real life yet due to the pandemic but Dawn supports me whenever I need it. She replies to my queries quickly and tells me just what I need. Dawn keeps in touch and ensures we have regular catch-ups to support me through my apprenticeship.

My line manager, Emily, has also supported me through my apprenticeship. We have our weekly team meetings which allow me to express any problems I have with something I am doing. I also know that Emily will always answer my questions if I ever have any and will do her best to help me. I also have one to one meetings with Emily which is where we discuss my apprenticeship progress and how I am doing.

Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship?

I would recommend doing an apprenticeship as it allows you to gain experience and also can give you many opportunities which you do not get doing anything else. I would like to go on to do a degree apprenticeship in marketing.

Apply to become a digital marketing apprentice with Gloucestershire College

There has never been a better time to become a digital marketing apprentice. 2020 saw the whole world move online so digital skills are in more demand than ever before. Our Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship programme can equip you with valuable skills including managing campaigns, social media advertising, content creation and measuring return on investment.

Whether you are looking to start your career or you’re currently employed within a business, apply to become a digital marketing apprentice with Gloucestershire College today.

Contact: or call: 01452 563400 for more information.

Recruit an apprentice with Gloucestershire College

Awarded ‘Gloucestershire’s Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020,’ Gloucestershire College is committed to delivering excellence for our apprentices and employers. Our GC Business Hub team will listen to your needs and requirements and advise on the right training programme for your business. Our marketing apprenticeship programmes can start at any time, and we can help you recruit an apprentice free-of-charge if you don't already have somebody in mind.

Contact: or call: 01452 563400.


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