The Apprenticeship Journey of Educationwise Academy’s very own, Ryan Cross: A Personal Reflection | Educationwise Academy

The Apprenticeship Journey of Educationwise Academy’s very own, Ryan Cross: A Personal Reflection

As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, it’s stories like Ryan Cross’s that truly encapsulate the essence and impact of apprenticeships. Ryan, a Level 4 Data Analyst apprentice at Educationwise Academy, has graciously shared his personal journey, offering us a glimpse into the highs and lows, the learning curves, and the triumphs that define the apprenticeship experience. Through his story, we see a vivid picture of how apprenticeships empower individuals with the skills and knowledge for success in their careers.

Embracing the Apprenticeship Path

For Ryan, the decision to pursue an apprenticeship was a pivotal moment in his career journey. He tells us, “I decided to go down the apprenticeship route for multiple reasons, the concept of ‘earning while learning’ was a major deciding factor for myself.” This rational approach, coupled with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within a business, marked the beginning of Ryan’s apprenticeship adventure. He adds, “This path has also allowed me to develop both my own personal skills and my practical knowledge which is relevant to my career.”

Highlights of the Apprenticeship Experience

Reflecting on his time at Educationwise Academy, Ryan shares moments of pride and discovery. “Submitting my first project and getting it graded was particularly odd having been out of education for a few years,” he recounts, capturing the blend of challenge and achievement that apprenticeships offer. The real reward, however, came from applying his newfound knowledge: “The most rewarding part of an apprenticeship, in my opinion, is being able to implement knowledge learnt from the apprenticeship into my current role.”

The Impact of Support and Guidance

The role of mentors and colleagues in Ryan’s journey cannot be overstated. “The support I’ve received from colleagues, particularly my line manager who has also been through an apprenticeship, has been invaluable,” Ryan notes. A standout moment for him was the proposal of a centralised live dashboard project by Nick Preston, the Head of Quality and Education, which not only became a key project for Ryan but also a testament to the supportive environment at Educationwise Academy.

Navigating Challenges

Like any worthwhile journey, Ryan’s apprenticeship came with its challenges, particularly balancing work and study. “Managing your workload alongside your learning” was a significant hurdle, Ryan admits. His solution? “I have had to set blocks of time where I would dedicate to purely my apprenticeship and my OTJ hours,” showcasing his ability to adapt and thrive even under pressure.

Looking to the Future

Ryan’s aspirations reflect both ambition and a clear vision for his future. “My apprenticeship experience is preparing me for my future career goals within the data field,” he asserts. With eyes set on Data Engineering and a Level 6 Apprenticeship, Ryan is not just dreaming of the future; he’s actively building it, step by step.

Conclusion: Celebrating the Apprenticeship Journey and Beyond

Ryan Cross’s apprenticeship story at Educationwise Academy is more than just a testament to the practical benefits of the ‘earn while learning’ model; it’s a human tale of growth, ambition, and resilience. Through his reflections, Ryan has provided us with a window into the real-life application of apprenticeship learning, the invaluable support of mentors and colleagues, and the personal determination required to navigate challenges and seize opportunities for advancement.

Ryan’s journey underscores the significance of apprenticeships as a viable and rewarding pathway to professional development and career success. His experiences remind us that behind every apprenticeship, there is a story of individual effort, supported by a community that believes in the transformative power of hands-on learning and real-world experience.

As we share Ryan’s story during National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate not only his achievements and aspirations but also the broader narrative of apprenticeships across sectors. Stories like Ryan’s illuminate the pathway for future apprentices, offering insights, inspiration, and proof of what is possible when determination meets opportunity.

At Educationwise Academy, we are proud to be part of Ryan’s journey and look forward to continuing to support him and many others like him as they build their futures, one apprenticeship at a time. Ryan’s aspirations towards Data Engineering and further academic achievements signify not an end, but a bright and promising continuation of a lifelong journey of learning and growth.

To all our current and future apprentices: Ryan’s story is a beacon of possibility. Let it inspire you to embrace the challenges, revel in the learning, and build your own unique path to success.



Ready to embark on your own journey?


Are you ready to embark on a journey that could redefine your personal and professional life? Educationwise is more than just an apprenticeship provider; it’s a gateway to new opportunities, skills, and growth, as vividly illustrated by Ryans Cross’s inspiring journey.  

If you’re eager to take your career to new heights, to learn and grow in a supportive and dynamic environment, then don’t hesitate. Contact us to learn more about our apprenticeship programs and how you can start your transformative journey today.  

Your future awaits, and it’s brighter than ever with Educationwise.