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What is it like to be an apprentice at Trent & Dove?

Throughout 2019, we aim to provide a minimum of five employment opportunities through apprenticeships and we are proud to confirm that we currently employ five apprentices – two in Electrical, one in Accountancy, one in Health & Safety and one in Business Administration. 

We are also currently recruiting for two more apprentices to join us in Business Administration.

So, what is it like to be an apprentice here at Trent & Dove? 

We interviewed two of our new apprentices who started with us in January 2019.

Interview with Joe Clarke

Tell us a little about you….. 

My name is Joe and I am 19 years old. I studied A-Levels in History, P.E and Business & Economics. I previously worked for a North Wales based electrical company called LME (Lloyd Morris Electrical) I was employed as an Electrical Trainee.

What is your apprenticeship in?

I am a SHE technician apprentice which stands for Safety, Health & Environmental -it covers a variety of different aspects of Health & Safety.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I was tired of travelling everyday in my old job and wanted to challenge myself in a different working environment. I also wanted to further my knowledge – gaining both work and training experience along the way.

What was the process like when applying for your apprenticeship?

It was very good. It was a well set out structure. I applied through the Government website. I was actively looking for an apprenticeship on the site and came across this one that looked interesting. It was also something that I had touched upon in my previous job.

What is your apprenticeship like? What’s a typical day, what is the qualification side of the work like?

A typical day for me is firstly checking through my emails and going through the near miss folders in case there has been a near miss that I can act upon. I go out to development sites and independent living schemes to carry out site inspections with the Health & Safety Advisor. I also assist the H&S team with any administrative duties as and when required.

Do you get much support from Trent & Dove?

Yes, I get a lot of support from the Health & Safety team and my direct manager who is the head of Health & Safety.

Do you enjoy being an apprentice?

Yes, having both experience in the work place and money at the same time is really useful. Also the progression opportunities are great for me to become further qualified.

How long is your apprenticeship for?

18 months, however I would like to achieve it in 14 months!

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

It is a really good alternative to going to University and gives you the chance to progress within a good company. Furthermore, you can still get the same qualifications as going to University; however you are earning a wage at the same time.

What made you choose this particular apprenticeship?

The ethos of Trent & Dove and because it dips into every aspect of the business. Also every day is not the same.

What do you like most about your apprenticeship so far?

The variety of being in the office and on site is a good mixture as you can see the  theories and regulations that you are learning are applied in the working environment. The people I work with are also really friendly.

What are some of the things you find to be less positive?

It is too early to say at the moment as I am really enjoying it.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The structure of my learning – I have training to do and also work that I need to do to help the Health & Safety team. It is hard to get the correct balance of learning the information and working systems.

If there is anything you could improve about your role, what would it be and why?

As the apprenticeship is brand new this year it is hard to provide a comparison.

Interview with Olivia Faulkner

Tell us a little about you….. 

I’m Olivia, I’m 18. At John Port School I studied German, History, Spanish and Music. I go to the gym, swim… I’m very sporty! I also like to hang out with my friends.

What is your apprenticeship in?

Business Administration

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I went to sixth form for a year and it wasn’t really for me. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have done. So I thought I would look into an apprenticeship where you are gaining skills and knowledge but you’re also in a working environment and earning money alongside it.

What was the process like when applying for your apprenticeship?

I filled in an application form and then Trent & Dove contacted me to come in for an interview. I then had the interview and they called me 2 days later to say that I got the job. I found the apprenticeship on the government website after I did a search. 

What is your apprenticeship like? What’s a typical day, what is the qualification side of the work like?

General office work including: scanning certificates saving them into spreadsheets, updating spreadsheets, photocopying and general administration duties. It’s a level 2 diploma and I go to college once a week. I have around 14 assignments to do for the whole apprenticeship. I am there all day on a Tuesday so I manage to get a lot of work done then. If I have any spare time during my working day, then my manager allows me to get some work done then too. 

Do you get much support from Trent & Dove?

Definitely, if I have any questions Vicki (Line Manager) is always there if I need her.

Do you enjoy being an apprentice?

Yes it’s brilliant, I’m really enjoying it.

How long is your apprenticeship for?

14 months, I can complete it in 12 months if I would like to but it can’t be less then a year.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting an apprenticeship?

Just give it a go if you think that’s something you want to do then do it. You’re still getting qualifications and getting used to working in a working environment.

What made you choose this particular apprenticeship?

I’ve always wanted to go into Business so I thought this might be a good starting point to go in any direction.

What do you like most about your apprenticeship so far?

I love meeting new people. The team I work with are great and I fit in with them really well.

What are some of the things you find to be less positive?

I can’t say there is! There is nothing at the moment.

If there is anything you could improve about your role, what would it be and why?

It is too early to say at the moment. I am happy with what I am doing. I’ve always wanted to do HR but it has changed since I’ve been working here as I’ve seen more opportunities. There is also the opportunity for me to go on to Level 3 of my apprenticeship if I wanted to carry on. I didn’t know what to expect when I first started my apprenticeship, I have been pleasantly surprised.

 

 

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