A chat with Sian Herbert 

Apprentice of the Month, January 2022 

Sian Herbert is originally from Menai Bridge, Anglesey, but now lives near Bethesda. She received her education at Ysgol y Borth, and then on to Ysgol David Hughes. Sian is doing a Level 3 apprenticeship inSports Development’ as part of the Urdd’s external apprenticeship. Here’s a little about her work and interests! 

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

I am a primary school teacher and have always been interested in sport. I was informed by the school about the apprenticeship and decided to go for it to further my knowledge. 

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship? 

I love teaching children, and every day is different. Many of the workshops and work I have completed have increased my confidence in different areas and I have learnt a great deal about planningorganizing and conducting physical activities.  

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

I speak Welsh every day in my work and completing my work in the language improves the accuracy of my written work.  

What are your interests outside of work? 

I have 2 children, so I like to spend my time with them going for walks in our local area. I love going for a walk to the seaside – especially in the winter, and I love to cook. I love travelling and haven’t been able to go on holiday abroad during the Covid19 period!! 

How has doing the apprenticeship affected your personal development? 

I like to socialize and this apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to chat often about topics I enjoy. This kind of interaction is something I enjoy and gain a lot from. 

What are you hoping to do after completing the apprenticeship? 

I would like to be able to offer more expertise in sport, especially when applying for future jobs. I hope I could offer local children, more opportunities to get involved in sport.  

Briefly describe your duties. 

To provide primary school children with the best education possible by offering learning opportunities and experiences.  

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

Interesting, interactive and a great opportunity! Sorry 4 words!! 

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

I went into learning later in my life after a completely different career. Making the decision was difficult, but I’m so glad I took the step and realized it’s never too late to take on a new challenge.