My full name is Tristan Shale-Hester. I'm 18-years-old. My job title is Junior Motoring Journalist Apprentice. I have been an apprentice for just over two weeks. This apprenticeship is a great experience for someone who wants to get a good start in the automotive journalism industry. You get to perform a wide variety of tasks, meaning you know you're going to be prepared for a multitude of different duties when you finish the apprenticeship and get a full job. As my two passions are writing and cars, my favourite tasks are the ones where I get to write stories! I've already written a few pieces for SuperUnleaded.com and will hopefully soon be moving on to AOL Cars and maybe even Car Dealer.
I would absolutely encourage anyone who has an opportunity to do an apprenticeship to take it. It gives you experience that will be extremely valuable in the real world. I hope that after my apprenticeship I can get a job in the automotive journalism industry. It is my ambition to work my way up through the ranks to become a successful senior motoring journalist. Blackball Media has given me the perfect platform to start on and I am extremely grateful to them for it.
My name is Robbie Murrell and I am 19 years-old, I am a junior motoring journalist apprentice at Baize Group/ Blackball Media and I have been with the company just under 2 months. At the company, I help with uploading articles to AOL and Motors, both sites we have good connections with, whilst also writing stories for our own site; SuperUnleaded.com. I am currently in the process of sorting through the websites of the candidates of this years Used Car Awards.
I really like my position here, and I enjoy being given the opportunity to dive right into the world of journalism with writing my own articles and going to events such as SMMT that I have attended. I chose the apprenticeship because I am very keen on the automotive industry, with a love for cars and writing and when this opportunity arose for me it was perfect. I would certainly encourage others to look into apprenticeships as they are extremely rewarding, allowing you to learn and get paid at the same time, with the added bonus of being leaps and bounds ahead of others that would want to get into the same area of work. I hope that this apprenticeship will take me far into the journalism industry as it is a career that I am extremely eager to pursue.
My name is Joshua Barry and I am 20 years old. Over the last four years I have completed an apprenticeship at QinetiQ in Mechanical Manufacture Engineering and have now been taken on full time.
As an apprentice I was given many opportunities to learn new skills on different machinery within the workshop, starting on the manual machines such as lathes and mills and then going on to using a CNC milling machine. Throughout my apprenticeship I was given different tasks to show I was competent in using the various types of machines. I was also given the opportunity to carry out various engineering qualifications while attending college one day a week.
I was 16 years old when I got the apprenticeship at QinetiQ after just leaving school. As a part of one of my chosen subjects at school I went out one day a week to Fareham College, where I completed a Performing Engineering Operations level 1 qualification. After completing this course I wanted to learn more about engineering, develop my skills and gain experience within the working environment. To achieve these the best way forward for me was to have an apprenticeship in engineering, where not only would I learn different engineering skills and gain more qualifications, but also get paid for what I wanted to do.
Within the workshop at QinetiQ we are quite a small team where all the team come together to get the job done. This is one of the best experiences I have been part of, where the team spirit is high and it is great feeling when the job has been successfully completed. I enjoy working for QinetiQ, where there is something different to do every day, where I could be on the machines manufacturing components one week and rigging within the facilities the next.
I would definitely encourage other people out there to do an apprenticeship within their skill set as they will gain so much from having one, from gaining work experience to completing new qualifications which will help in their future careers.
My name is Chloe, 19, and I have been an apprentice for just over a year now. I work at Wickham Laboratories as a laboratory technician in the Microbiology department undertaking a wide range of activities.
My responsibilities include the daily, weekly and monthly monitoring of different equipment, daily cleaning of the labs, various equipment calibrations and some routine testing. One of the main tests I carry out is that for bacterial endotoxin within a sample. Endotoxin is a component of some bacterial cell walls that, if introduced to the body, can cause a fever and potentially result in organ failure. The testing I do is essential to ensure the safety of certain medical devices.
I have worked in three different departments within the company during my apprenticeship and have enjoyed all of them, moving around gaining more knowledge and understanding as I progress. In each department there are different duties that have given me the opportunity to work alone as well as part of a team.
What I like most about the apprenticeship is the training opportunities I have received with the company continuously allowing me to learn new procedures and take on more responsibility as I gain confidence.
At college I am completing a level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory Science, as well as the second year of my Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science. I only have to attend college four hours a week, this gives me plenty of hands on time at work
I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship, I originally had plans to go to university but I feel like this was a better option as I can earn whilst gaining knowledge and qualifications. Not only this, but for the duration you are gaining confidence and experience in the area of work that you intend to specialise in and that's what a lot of employers look for. I'm excited to see how far it can take me within the company throughout the rest of my career.
My name is Samantha Buckley and I am 26 years old. I have worked at Alver Vets for 7 years in various roles. I am now a receptionist for the Vet practice.
I meet and greet the customers, dispense medication, answer the phone, chase the debt to us, complete the insurance forms. I also give simple advice over the phone to pet owners and I have been on a course for Pet Health Counselling which also includes helping customers with grief when losing a pet.
The best part of my role is meeting the customers and cuddling the animals.
I chose an apprenticeship to help enhance my business admin skills within my receptionist role. It will benefit me and the company. It will also help to develop my skills for future progression.
I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone because you can earn as you learn! It is hands on and not just sitting in a class room stuck in a text book.
I think I am gaining a qualification that's adding more knowledge of business administration practices and procedures. I can help others I work with and it will give me the skills I need to progress in my career.
Defence Munitions Gosport Apprentice
Before gaining an apprenticeship with Defence Munitions Gosport, I studied at St Vincent College with a view to doing engineering at university. However after some thought and listening to the opinions of others and the current demand for both the government and that of the industry I realised that an apprenticeship would best facilitate my goals and ambitions.
While studying at college we will gain more than just academic ability, but also the hand skills and experience to be a transferrable asset, to not only better ourselves, but to support the armed forces and later on, the industry as a whole.
Now in Phase 2 of the apprenticeship we have started our sections, while still attending college one day a week and gaining a welding qualification through a night course at CEMAST College. Myself and Joseph Salmon (previously mentioned in this blog) have been working together with local volunteers at the Explosion! Museum and Steam Pinnace 199 crew, helping to restore and preserve the history within Gosport and the surrounding area. Further four month long placements include in-house sections that will vary in difficulty and broaden our knowledge and understanding of not only naval weaponry, but engineering as a whole.
What I enjoy most about this apprenticeship is the amount of opportunities that are available such as the Tom Nevard Memorial and the Henry Royce competitions, as well as inter-phase competitions, that test individual and team based skills. Alongside these competitions we also gain MOD Deeds that certify our skills and industry standards.
Why an apprenticeship? As I mentioned before I had considered going to university, but when comparing the two, especially concerning engineering, an apprenticeship better prepares you for work within the industry, as you gain hands-on experience alongside all the academic benefits, with the opportunity to gain a HNC level qualification. All of this being paid for and earning a decent wage at the same time is just unsurpassable by the university equivalent
I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, as it fully prepares you for a career in engineering and is for the majority of the time more sought after. There is also a lot more certainty of the outcome, as you are pretty much guaranteed a job at the end of your time with the company. I thoroughly feel the aiming for and achieving an apprenticeship is the best decision I made.
Learner: Hannah Franks Bentley - age 40
Job Title: Manager of Redclyffe House Learning Disabilities Home
Brief Summary of what I do & highlights:
I have been doing my apprenticeship since October 2015. I started my Level 5 whilst I was employed at Contemplation Homes Northcott House - I was employed as the Deputy Manager from September 2013 until 2016. My role was to oversee the residential aspect of the home - whilst I was there I brought in and set up a Team Leader role. Their duties included carrying out the medication rounds, supporting the junior staff, write and update care plans, carry out supervisions and work in partnership with other visiting professionals. I also set up the training room, supported new staff with the common induction standard, which then changed over to the care certificate. During my time at Northcott there have been 2 inspections' by CQC, the last inspection I was the only Manager present at Northcott, which was rated Good in all areas, this is one of my proudest moments. In August I started a new job role with Numada healthcare as the Manager of Redclyffe House, I enjoy my new job and all the challenges that it brings.
Why did I choose to do an Apprenticeship:
I choose to undertake an apprenticeship level 5, to support me with my job role at Northcott House and to be able move my career forward, the apprenticeship has helped me do this. It will also help my with my CQC registration.
Would I encourage others to do an Apprenticeship:
I would have no hesitation in recommending the apprenticeship, to anyone wanting to move forward with their career.
My name is Mathew Close and I am 19 years old. I am a warehouse operative in Gosport and completing a warehousing NVQ.
I have been working in this role for nearly a year. In my role I pick orders, label stock, conduct general cleaning in the warehouse, palletise boxes.
I enjoy palletising boxes best as this is more challenging and has to be done right, it must be perfect and not stacked too high so they are safe.
I chose the apprenticeship as it is a new way to learn new skills and I really enjoy it.
I would encourage anyone to do an NVQ. It is a new way of learning at work and it is fun. It can sound boring on the job title but it is more interesting and the job more exciting and fun. A fun way to learn.
I think that I will gain skills that will help me in my career and I would like to be a supervisor one day. This apprenticeship is giving me the skills to use a fork lift, palletise and other Warehousing jobs ready to be a supervisor.
Over the years of working in the Health and Social Care sector I have completed three levels of apprenticeship. I began working as a Care Assistant and completed my level 2 in Health and Social Care, with this level I gained great knowledge and understanding in caring for people in the most effective ways possible. My career path developed and I gain experience supporting different groups of vulnerable people. I went on to complete my level 3 in Health and Social Care and with this came career progression working as a Team Leader supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities. I have always thoroughly enjoyed supporting vulnerable people to work towards their goals and life ambitions and promoting a good quality of life. I also enjoyed my role supporting the team to provide an excellent level of care to all those we support.
The support I received from my Assessors at Fareport while completing my apprenticeships and the knowledge and skills gained from these qualifications, made me thrive to continue my development. I went on to complete my level 5 in Health and Social Care. My career developed further and I work as a Deputy Manger of a Residential home supporting Adults with learning Disabilities. The apprenticeship schemes have provided me with the resources to make my achievements in my career and set goals for a future career, working as an assessor myself to support others to gain their own qualifications and set their career paths in the Health and Social Care sector. Thanks to Fareport Training I have achieved this goal and look forward to starting my new position with them as an Assessor.
My name is Briar and I am eighteen years old. I attend an AAT college course one day a week and spend the other four days working as a trainee accountant in a small practise.
Personally, I like that I have found my role is incredibly varied. I take care of a lot of the administrative tasks such as answering the phones, but I also do bookkeeping and other tasks more related to accountancy. Many jobs tend to be repetitive, but with my apprenticeship I have found this has not been the case.
I chose to do an apprenticeship as the idea of getting on the job training as well as attending a college course once a week, all the while earning a wage, appealed to me. I felt I would benefit more from gaining experience in the workplace rather than being just in a classroom.
I would recommend an apprenticeships if you are looking to gain workplace experience. When applying for jobs, you tend to need to have experience of the role, but then you need the job to be able to gain experience in the first place. An apprenticeship is a great way of gaining this experience and training.
This year I am going to be progressing to do my Level 3 AAT and then hopefully I will then be able to move on to the Level 4, after which I will be AAT qualified. This will open up to me many different opportunities.