ILM Learner Case studies

At Talk training we fully understand the challenges faced by our learners who choose to study for an apprenticeship whilst working full time in often challenging roles. Furthermore, many students also have family and social commitments outside of work. Therefore, why do so many students choose to study with us and what are their thoughts about the experience?

We hear from three learners who recently graduated at our ILM graduation ceremony at the Royal Mint.

jason whitwell

Jason Whitwell, a Project Support Manager at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board gave an inspiring and emotional speech about his learning journey with Talk training at the graduation ceremony.

“I initially signed up in 2019 and thought I’d give it a go even though my time was limited because I had a busy job, I’m a father, grandfather and a junior football coach. Shortly afterwards the pandemic hit and the demands of the pandemic made it difficult to combine work and study but the help I received from my Assessors gave me confidence and encouraged me when I needed it the most.”

“The learning I experienced during the qualification has helped me overcome difficulties I encounter in a more effective way and has built upon my existing skills and helped me develop new ones”

catherine roberts

Catherine Roberts works as a Training and Development Support Manager at Neath Port Talbot Council and had to overcome significant obstacles along her learning journey;
Catherine joked that, “I might be one of your longest studying students on the ILM Level 5.”

“I started my qualification in 2017 but due to a horse riding accident followed by surgery, and then lengthy recuperation. I spent a long time off work and returned to work in 2019, and then the pandemic hit and I was redeployed within the Council to help deal with it, so it has taken me a long time to complete. Andy Martin my Assessor was understanding and supportive throughout and I can’t praise him enough”

lucy preston

Lucy Preston has undertaken several qualifications with Talk training;

“I started my first qualification, a Business Administration Level 4 with Talk training in 2016, followed by the ILM Level 4 and I have just completed my third qualification, the ILM Level 5.”

Lucy works at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and has a busy family life with young children. Lucy found that the qualification; “gave me a greater insight and understanding of my place within the organisation. There have been lots of changes with my job and I have dealt with those changes differently having undertaken the qualification.”

“I had a great working relationship with my Assessor who was very supportive and who really helped me to complete the qualification.”

Hearing from our learners through case studies like the ones above show how our learners’ journeys aren’t always straightforward. There can be many challenges along the way, however with commitment and the support from our team, particularly our Assessors, the rewards of completing our apprenticeship qualifications are well worth it.

The ILM level 5 apprenticeship is a widely respected qualification which examines leadership, strategic planning, and effective management. If the inspirational stories above have inspired you to consider studying for a qualification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team.

If you are interested in talking to us at Talk training to learn more about what apprenticeships are available, please get in touch on 01443 848300 or via our contact page.