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Apprenticeship stories: Pete Vers, Intellectual Property Office

Apprenticeship stories: Pete Vers, Intellectual Property OfficePete Vers began his apprenticeship after deciding university wasn't for him. Find out why, and where he is now.

What is your job title and what does it involve day to day?

My job title is 'Innovation Advisor' at the Intellectual Property Office. My day-to-day work involves supporting teams within my Directorate with regards to spreadsheets, external customers and administration work.

What are you studying for your apprenticeship?

As part of my apprenticeship I am currently studying a Business NVQ Level 2 and 3, along with BTEC Certificate Level 3 in Principles of Business and Administration.

When and why did you decide to go into your industry?

I decided to delve into an apprenticeship scheme 11 months ago. Before looking at apprenticeships I had attended a university course, which I didn't agree with. Attending university showed me I did not fit in with a completely education-based programme. Following this I took a break in order to give myself time to decide my career opportunities.

Why did you decide an apprenticeship was the best choice?

After leaving university I came to the realization that I wasn't suited to that kind of education. I have always wanted to earn money whilst still acquiring legitimate qualifications; this is what an apprenticeship offers you.

What have been the biggest challenges in getting to where you are now?

For me, the biggest challenge of getting to where I am currently was deciding what I wanted to do. I have always been very indecisive with regards to my career and it wasn't until I sought advice from my peers that I decided what I wanted to do.

Where do you think you’ll be in five years’ time?

In five years time I hope to still be working in the Civil Service. However, I want it to be in a more management based role.

What achievements are you proudest of?

I am most proud of my role in a project undertaken by all of the apprentices at the Intellectual Property Office. We took part in the Money for Life challenge, which is a UK wide competition aimed at 16-24 year olds with the intention of pulling together a project advising their local community about money management. We went on to win both the Welsh and UK finals.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps?

My advice for others who find themselves in a similar situation to my own would be: get career and education advice early. By doing this you will be giving yourself a better chance of securing your ideal career opportunity.

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