Danny Tomkins, School Data Apprentice, LB Ealing
My favourite part of the apprenticeship at Ealing was completing my level 2 and making my speech at the apprenticeship awards. The hardest thing has been changing from level 2 to level 3. It’s a big difference although it doesn’t sound like one.
I receive the utmost support from both my manager and my team. We all work very close together and they are always on hand if I need anything! Without my manager I wouldn’t be here. If I wasn’t on this apprenticeship, to be honest I think I’d still be looking for a job or signing on. After the Level 3 apprenticeship, I’d like to stay on in my team and progress steadily. If that doesn’t happen then I’d like to move on and get a job in administration either within the council still or elsewhere.
To any young people thinking of starting an apprenticeship, I’d say GO FOR IT. You’ve got nothing to lose; Apprenticeships are some of the most effective ways of getting qualifications and jobs! To a manager thinking of taking on an apprentice I’d say Be prepared. It’s not a walk in the park and you can’t expect your apprentice to be perfect. Be ready for anything and always remember that your apprentice is new to all of this, cut them a bit of slack!
Sanjay Chana, Strategic Procurement Apprentice, LB Ealing
I'm studying Level 3 Business Administration and a Level 2 qualification in Chartered Insitute of Purchasing and Supply - which is a specialist procurement qualification. My favourite part of the apprenticeship is working with my team and promoting the Apprenticeship Scheme at local events. The hardest part for me is that it is hard sometimes to get support/training from my team during busy periods. I can get the support I need when it is not as busy, but at busier times it can be hard. Everybody in my team is really helpful and supportive. If I wasn’t doing this apprenticeship, I’d probably be in university getting into loads of debt, partying hard and getting no work experience!
As part of my Apprenticeship work placement in the Strategic Procurement Team, I was sent to complete a level 2 CIPS course at London Met University. I have learnt the purchasing life cycle, fundamentals of procurement and studied the differences in procurement procedures in the private, public and third sector. The course had been highly beneficial as it was relevant to what my team do in and helped me to develop basic knowledge of what procurement do, and the processes that are followed when procuring goods, services and works.
In the first year of my Apprenticeship I completed a level 2 NVQ in Business Administration. I used my day-to-day job role as evidence to complete my assignments and show how my work placement has helped me gain a greater understanding of the Business Admin world.
Through completing my NVQ Levels 2 and 3 and my CIPS level 2 course I hope to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to step up to a position within my team by the time I have finished my Apprenticeship.
I’d recommend all councils and managers to take on an apprentice - it's a good chance to mould a young person into the skilled/experienced person you want them to be. Apprentices can only advance to a high standard if you invest the time into them. If you don’t have the time, don’t take on an apprentice as this would be a waste of your time and theirs.