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Our two apprentices started working with us at the beginning of September, training for various roles within the Crowther organisation. Dominic Walker is our digital marketing and social media apprentice and Ellie Walsh is our administration apprentice. Less than three months in, we are delighted how well each of them have adapted to the working environment. I thought I’d check in with them to see what their perspective was so far and how they have found the transition from education to full-time employment. Here is what they had to say…….
Ellie, sixteen, is the youngest of the pair and joined us straight from school, she said, ‘Before joining Crowther, I went to High school; I was very nervous starting this job but I very much enjoyed my first day as everyone made me feel comfortable. My day consisted of learning some of my daily tasks and settling in.’ Our second apprentice is Dominic, he describes his first day by saying ‘I had just finished studying graphic design and business studies at Huddersfield New College and enjoyed a long summer break before joining Crowther. My first day was very enjoyable and chilled out. I must admit I did have a few first-day nerves but everyone was friendly and welcoming!’
When Dominic was asked to describe how he found the transition to full-time employment as opposed to education, he gave the answer ‘I’d say even though I do get support from Michelle and the rest of the team, I am much more independent in terms of doing my work and planning, as opposed to a full day in college where a teacher was constantly directing me on things to do. This is probably one of the main differences I have noticed.’
I then asked what was their reason for choosing the apprenticeship route. Ellie said ‘I prefer learning on the job rather than in a classroom. I felt an apprenticeship would fit my personality better.’ Dominic’s reason was slightly different. He explains ‘During my second/final year at college I was stuck between going to university or starting a job. After a lot of juggling thoughts, I decided that experiencing first-hand working life in a career I wanted to go in to was more important than partying and getting a degree at university. Although I wanted to begin a job, I also wanted to gain some sort of qualification to further my knowledge, therefore the apprenticeship route seemed the perfect option, and when I saw the vacancy at Crowther I jumped at the opportunity.’
In the short time that the two have been with us it is interesting to see the change in terms of their confidence and their approach, so I was interested to find out if they recognised any changes. This is what they had to say…. Ellie confesses ‘Since working at Crowther I have become more confident in speaking to people that I don’t know very well both over the phone and in person.’ Dominic reveals ‘Yes, probably more than I know. I have realised I have become more organised and I am so much better at planning, not only at work but outside of work as well.’
I then wanted to know what the first thing was that sprung to mind when thinking about their role here at Crowther. I have to say we bribed them at this stage (only joking, honest). Ellie admits that it is ‘The amazing people I work with and the laughs we have in the office.’ Dominic said ‘I would say that how versatile my job role is because every day is different in terms of the tasks I do. However, the initial thing that comes to mind when asked about working at Crowther would be how much of a laugh the rest of the team are.’
Finally, I asked both of them what are they looking forward to in the future. This is what they had to say. Dominic reacted by saying ‘Short term – I am looking forward to next summer when it is not so cold. Going on holiday to Ayia Napa with my mates, works holiday to Salou, and most likely going to a festival at some point! Long term – Keep focused and have fun with my job at Crowther. I am also looking forward to possible opportunities after completing my level 3 qualification.’ Ellie’s response was ‘I’m looking forward to becoming a fully trained administrator and learning how to become a bookkeeper.’
We recognise it is not easy making the transition from education to employment, but so far these three have embraced the challenge with enthusiasm. We are proud to say that their approach to their individual roles daily is undeniably a credit to both of them. All the team is looking forward to assisting them with their development and progression over the months ahead.
Full details of our two apprentices courses can be found through the links below: