It's National Apprenticeship Week, so we catch up up with one of our current BDP Trainees to find out how their traineeship is going so far...

How did you hear about the Traineeship?

I started off as a volunteer at BDP. When I saw that the Traineeship was advertised I thought I’d take the opportunity to apply. Regardless of the outcome it would be OK, as I would still be a apart of BDP.

What experiences have you gained as a Trainee?

As a trainee you get to work in a variety of different BDP services, working with clients with all different backgrounds, alongside experienced and very supportive colleagues. I have also had the opportunity to work towards a College course.

What do you enjoy about the Traineeship at BDP?

I enjoy being part of a team, whether that's working in the Engagement Team or over in Shared Care and with the Community Detox Link workers. It's great to have the opportunity to be involved in drop-in sessions run by BDP like Women's Morning, going to the Wet Clinics, and visiting hostels on outreach.

What will you take away from your time as a Trainee?

Being a BDP Trainee is an amazing opportunity, and taking on new responsibilities has helped my confidence grow. I now know I am capable to do great things, where before I didn’t always feel like I was good enough.

What's the next step for you?

Since being a Trainee I have gained the confidence to apply for a job vacancy at BDP. I have recently been offered a job with the BDP Youth Team, which was my dream when I first started volunteering here. I am really looking forward to starting the next step of my journey at BDP, which couldn't have been possible without the Traineeship.

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.