A chat with Aron Cowdy

Apprentice of the month, April 2022

Aron is from Aberystwyth and now lives in Cardiff. He received his education at Penweddig High School and is currently completing a Level 3 Sports Development apprenticeship with the Urdd and works within the Sports Events Department. Here’s a little about him!

Why did you decide to take on an apprenticeship with the Urdd?

To be able to give children the opportunity to learn and develop in the world of sport and understand how it can bring many positive elements to their lives.

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

A variety of day-to-day tasks. Communicate with many different organizations and people to events to attract large numbers of people.

How important is it to do your apprenticeship through the medium of Welsh?

It helps me feel part of a community that works to promote the use of language and pride in our nationality.

What are your interests outside of work?

I like to keep fit by going to the gym or running. To pursue many different professional sports and look forward to attending some competitions such as the Commonwealth games or F1 Monza race later this year.

How has doing the apprenticeship affected your personal development?

It has improved my confidence in communicating with people, especially through the medium of Welsh. I have also developed my understanding of the kind of things that go on behind the scenes at sporting events.

What are you hoping to do after completing the apprenticeship?

I hope to continue with the Urdd sports events team to develop my skills and gain experience in providing opportunities for children and young people across Wales.

Briefly describe your duties.

Contacting schools, caterers, exhibitors, etc, to let them know what we offer and to encourage them to join our events.

Describe your experience of doing an apprenticeship with the Urdd in 3 words!

Interesting, Diverse, Happy!

Would you like to add something about your story? How have you got to where you are now? What was / is your biggest challenge? 

The time after dropping out of University was quite difficult as I needed to find out what I wanted to do. During this time, I worked in many different kitchens. I’m happy with the experience I got from these jobs but now after starting this apprenticeship, I feel like I know what direction to take in developing myself.