It’s National Apprenticeship Week this week! Here are two members of our staff who tell us about their apprenticeship journey here at the Trust, read more (here – insert link) To find out more about apprenticeships visit - https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ and for more information about apprenticeships at the Trust search ‘apprenticeships’ on our website and keep an eye out on the Careers section of our website for future vacancies https://www.wvht.co.uk/careers
When did you start as an apprentice at the Trust?
What was the title of your apprenticeship and what is your role now?
Trainee Quantity Surveyor
How did you hear about the Trust apprenticeship?
Job search website- Indeed (I think)
Had you come from school/college/another place?
I had previously gained a degree in Accounting and Finance years before, but never worked in the profession. After graduating I spent most of the next 7 years outside of the UK, working a variety of jobs, including teaching English in China for a year. I spent a few years living in Australia and travelling around Asia and Central/South America.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship and one here at the Trust?
During my last travelling trip, I started to become a little underwhelmed by some of my experiences, stuff which had previously blown me away. I realised I couldn’t carry on aimlessly wandering around the world and needed a purpose in life, but it had to be a career I was genuinely interested in to stop me reaching for that backpack again! I had researched extensively into Quantity Surveying and was considering the idea of a master’s conversion course when I saw the job advertisement with WVHT. I hadn’t considered an apprenticeship before, but this was the perfect opportunity for me to study for a degree whilst gaining relevant experience and earning a wage. After a little research into the trust I was impressed by the work that they did, and their consistent awards for best organisations to work for gave me the confidence that I would receive the support required to help me through 5 years of studying.
What benefits for do you think, and apprenticeship has given you?
I have been able to get involved in such a wide variety of work in the 2 years I have been at the Trust and the experience I have gained is invaluable. My understanding of the built environment and housing was fairly basic before starting at Weaver Vale, but I have absorbed a lot of information from my manager and other colleagues who come armed with a wealth of knowledge. Compared to my first time at university, I am finding it a bit easier to understand the topics as I have context to apply to the situations which is a huge advantage.
What else are you studying alongside your apprenticeship?
The bachelors I am studying for covers an assortment of modules which vary massively, so these new subjects every term are enough to keep me busy!
What would you say to someone considering applying for an apprenticeship at the Trust?
The trust is very patient with apprentices, realising that it can be a steep learning curve. The support you receive during the journey and the experience you gain is priceless. Before working here, I would have associated the word apprentice with a 16-18 year old, so at 29 I was a bit dubious about applying for my role at first. However, if you are interested in a career change and show the right desire and qualities then age (and a receding hairline) is irrelevant.
What are your future ambitions?
My course is due to complete in the summer of 2022, and as an accredited degree with the RICS, the university prepare you for your application to be a chartered member. My goal is to achieve this within a year of graduation, but the selection process has reputation for being pretty tough!