I am in the 3rd year of my 5-year degree apprenticeship and want to quit so desperate

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Hi everyone, hopefully I'll be able to get some insightful responses and if so, thank you in advance! I have put down relevant extracts from funding rules and my staff manual below if that helps.I am currently pursuing a commercial surveying degree apprenticeship in a UK-based firm whilst studying a degree in Real Estate Management. I am on a 5-year contract with the company where I am nearly 3 years in and only have one year of university left until I graduate. I really hate my job and what I do, I am so incompetent and I am constantly reminded by my managers that I am. I have no passion for this industry but I so desperately want to leave without incurring any costs or getting potentially sued. My aim was to leave upon graduation ie June 2022, but I cannot wait that long. I want to pursue my Masters in September 2022 in a different field when my contract ends. However, I cannot just leave as my training provider and workplace require me to enrol into the APC programme and are very persistent about me doing so, despite me saying I do not want to. This is the process to become a chartered surveyor and the issue is, the process will end in 2023, i.e. if I do become chartered successfully.I understand according to the Apprenticeship funding rules, I do not have to pay back69.3 Not be asked to contribute financially to the cost of training, programme or end-point assessment. This includes where the individual has completed the programme successfully or left the programme early. Costs include any co-investment or additional training and assessment costs, above the funding band, that you have paid directly to the main provider where this is part of the agreed apprenticeship.Although my contract specifies that according to my pay-grade, I would need to hand in a 4-week notice, the staff manual states that:"Course and Examination FeesApplications to undertake job-related, part-time study should be made to the Director to whom you are responsible and will be subject to approval by the HR and Development Team.If the application is approved, the Company may agree to pay all, or part of course and examination fees, subject to agreement. However, should you voluntarily withdraw from the course or cease employment with the Company, either during your course of study or shortly afterward, the Company will seek to recover the fees on the following basis:If you leave the Company during the course you will have to repay the total amount of the fees whatever the fees are If you leave the Company within one year of completing the course you will have to repay the total amount of fees, whatever the fees are If you leave the Company within two years of completing the course you will have to repay half of the total amount of the fees paid.In certain circumstances, a different repayment structure may be agreed and this would be specified to you in writing. For information on study days, refer to the Time-Off work policy."Here, I am unsure if this relates to separate training or the apprenticeship itself.The issue is, my managers have often made comments that they are paying my university fees and threatened to stop funding (when my university acts up and messes with my timetable or were being difficult) when the reality is, they receive an apprenticeship levy from the government. I am just afraid that they may hit back and it will all take a nasty turn! Any advice please?TLDR: I am in the 3rd year of my 5-year degree apprenticeship and want to quit so desperately. I still have a year of university to go. Although apprenticeship funding rules seem to be in my favour, the staff manual states I might still have to pay back fees, which is increasing my reluctance in leaving!
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This is very difficult. Have you discussed the situation with anyone? Whilst I can understand reluctance to discuss with the employer - ultimately it will come down to that. You probably have a course leader and apprenticeships manager at your university - you could talk to them - they might be able to clarify a bit more about funding rules etc.

Have you been stuck in the same specialism all the time or have you been able to move about (six month asset management, six months valuation, six months development etc). Look at the range of services your firm provides and see if there is something that is more appealing. What is it that you are looking at in the masters once you've graduated?

You're over halfway there it seems like your degree is designed over four years so in the upcoming final academic year you should have the opportunity for a research project/dissertation. You can use that as an opportunity to do something in depth that fits better within your interests (as long as it can broadly be considered relevant to real estate in some way) You'll then have just one more year to complete your APC diary etc. Whilst I appreciate it can seem very long an extra year at this stage - MRICS is a very valuable label to have and you're likely to have a working lifetime of 45 years.
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I'm not sure I fully understand - is your concern being requested to repay fees?
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