Apprenticeship Careers

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw.

For many apprentices, the prospect of seeking impartial careers advice may not have crossed their mind. After all, they're already employed. However, there is no end to the wealth of opportunities available to us if we are open to exploring them. The University Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team is at the forefront of supporting current and future students in embracing this forward-thinking attitude through a vast array of resources. One of the resources that has been developed and tailored to meet the needs of students is the ‘FutureMe’ careers platform.

Current learners and apprentices can access this resource through ‘My Suffolk’. FutureMe has a tailored section to support the differing needs of those on an Apprenticeship Programme and, alongside our impartial Careers and Employability Advisors, can support with the following:

  • Support with helping you decide what to do next
  • Advice on postgraduate study
  • Career development workshops and events
  • Impartial one-to-one careers guidance
  • Advice on writing effective CVs and applications
  • Mock interviews and interview guidance
  • Tips for networking, using social media and developing your personal brand
  • Careers fairs and opportunities to meet employers throughout the year
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Job vacancies, projects and paid internships

Meet the Team

Amy Carpenter

Amy is Associate Director of Careers, Employability and Enterprise responsible for the strategic direction of the team, and is a University of Suffolk graduate.

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Vicki Doughty

Manager in the Futures Team, Vicki leads on the team's work in delivering careers, employability, placement, and work-based learning activities.

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Amy Volkert

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Manager Amy supports students and graduates starting their own businesses, pursue freelance opportunities and explore options.

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Anna Flatt

Anna is an Employability and Careers Consultant specialising in support for students from underrepresented groups, international and postgrad research students.

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Darrin Steward

Employability and Careers Consultant Darrin is a QCD Level 7 qualified careers advisor, and a Registered Career Leader (RCL).

Laura Sparkes

Laura is an Employability and Careers Consultant, working with the School of Health and Sports Sciences.

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Sonia Brito

Employability and Careers Consultant in the School of Technology, Business and Arts, Sonia runs curriculum-based sessions, workshops, and career coaching.

Alanna Plaats

Placement Consultant Alanna works in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities supporting students through placements, including Sandwich years.

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Cathy Johnson

Placement Consultant Cathy supports students through the placement process, including Professional Placements (Sandwich years) and curriculum-based placements.

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Tom Hardy

Placement Consultant Tom has a background teaching Key Stage 2 and leadership as a SENDCo and Assistant Headteacher in schools before joining the University.

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Annabelle Richardson

Events and Projects Officer Annabelle manages the University's Micro-Placements Scheme, as well as organising careers fairs and employer events.

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Hayden Jarrett

Data Analyst Hayden works in the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team, analysing all the data in regards to engagement and feedback.

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Hannah Page

Hannah joined the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship team at University of Suffolk in January 2023.

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Hazel Thangadurai

Hazel joined the University of Suffolk in July 2023. She is responsible for coordinating marketing and comms for the Careers, Employability and Enterprise team.

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