I still have to pinch myself that at just 20 years old, I've been working here for a year whilst studying for a degree, with the BBC paying my tuition fees. It's a truly unique opportunity within the creative industries, and I feel so lucky to be in a position to learn through hands on experience and from some of the most inspiring people in television.
The first year I applied for an IT apprenticeship with Accenture I didn't get it. Naturally I was upset but I just thought I'm not going to give up, I'm going to go for it again, and it paid off! Now here I am in my second year of the apprenticeship, set to graduate with a foundation degree next summer...
To ensure the quality of apprenticeships, the new standards should explicitly include a qualification, and be more tightly regulated by the new Institute of Apprenticeships, particularly focusing on level, progression and overlap.
My family have been Labour party voters for years. I believe that Labour is the party that best represents me and my community. But many of us in the Muslim community had lost faith in the party following the wars on Iraq and the disastrous foreign policy of Blair. I have met hundreds of Muslims in the past year that are just now finding their way back, believing again in the labour vision. Comments like this are only going to hurt these communities and drive them further away from the party that we both love. I therefore ask of Owen to withdraw his comments and reconsider his support for a policy that is driving a minority community further into the fringes of society.
So, my apprenticeship story has been nothing short of a whirl-wind! I've had so many amazing experiences, learnt so many new things and forged friends I'll have for life. I'm going to start from the very beginning, where it all began just a year ago...
Four years ago, when I was in school and pregnant with my daughter, without a clue how to move my future forward or how I was going to support my family - I never thought I would be aiming for the top. I don't see why anyone else can't do that too; move outside your comfort zone, never stop learning - be the best that you can be.
Grammar schools won't improve anything. Indeed, it's more likely that they will widen the differences that already exist and label a whole generation of children as failures. The Prime Minister knows this because the evidence is clear but it would seem that, once again, we have a leader more concerned with currying favour than making a difference.
I was just your average school student who passed his GCSEs with Cs and 1 B (Maths) and like many other young people, I left school with university as my vision. When I started college I began to understand more about apprenticeships and the chance to learn and develop skills, while also being paid...
The populist appeal that Trump has come to embody is only a mere figment of the right-wing tsunami that has engulfed the West; from Brexit to the rise of Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders, numerous politicians have found methods of harnessing voter disillusionment, channelling feelings of economic insecurity and international fear into fodder for their own ideology.
To all the nay-sayers and the what-happened-to-the-good-old-days-ers, I ask you this: why have you given the naked body such intimate importance? Why do you consider certain body parts as sacred; something to be hidden and kept secret?
Cutting the maintenance grant limits us financially, but it won't stop you doing what you want. Evaluate what you really want, and think about the different ways you can achieve it. There's probably a multitude of different ways that could work for you, just think carefully and pick the best one.