Apprenticeships Case Study: Meet Harpal

Posted on January 27, 2021

Apprenticeships Case Study: Meet Harpal

Harpal is one year in to his IS Business Analysis Apprenticeship Programme journey, and shares his experiences of the programme so far.
Before starting his apprenticeship, Harpal was working as a Business Analyst, and had been in a BA role for three years.

What made you consider an apprenticeship?

“Knowledge. It’s easy to work in Business Analysis role without understanding how to connect all the moving parts together, like joining up the dots. My apprenticeship has helped me to bring all those things together, developing my business and personal skills and Business Analysis knowledge to another level.”

What would you say the benefits are of becoming a Business Analysis apprentice?

“As a Business Analyst, it gives you the opportunity to deliver to a widely-recognised framework and qualification, which allows everyone to be on the same page.”

How do you find the time?

“There’s a clear framework to help me manage my time. It’s no extra work, because when you’re preparing your portfolio and doing the work, it’s cementing the knowledge you need, and aligning it for the diploma. The balance is easily achievable with the right mindset and dedication. You can also work at your own pace – if you’re getting through it, you can move ahead – if you’re struggling a little, you can slow down a bit. Don’t be put off by the timeline.

Every day helps me to build on the last, meeting stakeholders, understanding perspectives, building the blocks.”

How do you work with your tutors?

“Metadata’s groups are nice and small, which really helps with our learning. A small, manageable group gives us the opportunity to ask questions and tailor the learning to what we need. If you were in a group of say 30 people, you won’t know people’s names, you won’t find it personal – I’m sure you’d be reluctant to ask questions.”

What would you say to anyone considering an apprenticeship?

“I’d say be prepared to work hard, you’ll get out what you put in. Ask for help when you need it. The support, mentorship and knowledge gained is so much more than just the word apprentice.

If you want a steady career, and to improve yourself drastically, then this apprenticeship is for you. The knowledge gained is massive. I’d say, do it.”

If you’re interested in apprenticeships for yourself or a member of your team, you can find out more.

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