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Aimee Akinola

Aimee Akinola

Aimee is a Built Heritage Apprentice at Blenheim Palace. She is currently working towards a Level 4 Project Management Apprenticeship, which she started in 2022.

Aimee Akinola
Built Heritage Apprentice
Blenheim Palace

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

After completing my Masters in an architecture related degree, I wanted a career change but I didn’t want to start over again in uni as I felt it was important to get real life experience.

How did you find out about your apprenticeship?

Through a friend.

What does your job involve?

Supporting the Built Heritage team in delivering various projects across the Palace and Estate.

What’s the coolest thing about your job?

Working in a World Heritage Site! Exploring areas in a 300-year-old palace that are not seen by the public.

What have you gained from your apprenticeship?

Connections – the professional network I have built through real life experience has been invaluable. I also glad to be able to keep up the skill of learning. I believe you are never too old to learn and by doing the apprenticeship it has kept my love of learning a fresh.

What do you plan to do next?

A Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship in Construction Management.

How will your apprenticeship help you achieve this?

My current apprenticeship has given me the fundamentals of general project management which is wholly applicable to Construction Management. I also feel like it is a natural progression from one apprenticeship to another.

What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an apprenticeship?

In my opinion an apprenticeship is the best of both worlds! You get to learn as well as apply your knowledge directly to the job. Having done years of university, an apprenticeship provides many of the same benefits with the obvious added bonus being earning an income as well! So if you want to get yourself on the career ladder sooner rathe than later an apprenticeship is a great way to get there.

What’s your top tip?

Jump right in! An apprenticeship gives you the unique opportunity to learn and earn which in this currently economic climate is invaluable. The more energy you bring the role the more you get out of it. Also don’t be afraid to make mistakes! An apprenticeship allows you to make mistakes and learn from them more so than any other role.

How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?

I am excited to push myself even further. The first few talks I did I was very nervous but with each one I feel I have made small improvements and I can see my growth with each activity I principate in. I remain passionate about my experience as an apprentice, and this is an outlet to demonstrate that.

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