Putting theory into practice - immediately

Sam Pearson feels inspired by our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. He loves that he can put theory into practice immediately at work. And he is keen to encourage others to follow the Degree Apprenticeship route.

Hands-on approach

Sam is working as Business Administrator at Hot House Music School in Derby  through our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. After studying a traditional academic degree, Sam decided that the hands-on approach was the way forward for him.

He explains: “I was keen to start my job with Hot House Music School through an apprenticeship because I knew this would give me the opportunity to learn while working a job and earning a wage. I found my previous degree to be very interesting and enjoyable, however, there was a marked lack of hands-on, practical learning, which Derby has been excellent in providing.

“The educational experience at the University of Derby has been phenomenal. It is so refreshing to take part in a course where the material can be directly applied to my day-to-day work.”

Backing from the CEO

Sam has been able to take what he is learning and inject his findings into Hot House Music School. He explains: “My very first assignment was to conduct a marketing audit for Hot House, examining our place in the market and create a presentation.

“This was a great exercise because, after I submitted the work, I then took it to the CEO and it has since been adopted by the company and even presented to investors.”

Sam has also taken advantage of our network opportunities. He had the opportunity recently to come along to our Celebration of Success SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) event and experience this with Hot House Music School.

He says: “As an apprentice, the University has given me essential skills, making me more and more valuable to Hot House with each module. Combined with the networking days organised by the University, I have become more experienced at networking and developed my interpersonal skills.”

Supportive lectures

Sam says the quality of the teaching made his experience more enjoyable. He adds: “The lecturers are extremely supportive. They go out of their way to make sure you are fully prepared for your assignments.

“After I could not make one the workshops, the lecturer took the time to meet with me and go through all of the material that was covered, really going the extra mile to make sure I was ready.”

The future

Sam is planning to stay with Hot House Music School as they plan to expand their award-winning education programme across the UK. And he will continue to advocate our apprenticeship programme

He says: “I would definitely say study this course. The experience and support are incredible, and you will learn vital skills to help you in business. We will also be encouraging our pupils at Hot House to start apprenticeships with us through the University of Derby. The experience has been fantastic.”

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