Last week National Apprentice Week marked its 10th anniversary by celebrating the success of apprenticeships over the past decade. And our apprentices took part in a number of activities throughout the week.
To start the week off we had our apprentice to members of the executive team shadowing days Vandross Cox-Durrant, our Accountancy Apprentice and Susan O'Neill, our Finance & Resources Director shadowed one another across the day, followed by Thomas Webb, our ICT Apprentice and Sue on Tuesday. Thursday saw Amy Leedham, our Customer Services Apprentice & Paul Coates, our Director of Housing & Communities spend time learning about each other’s roles, while Jasmine Newton, Business Administration Apprentice & Stephen Williams, General Manager of Property Solutions shadowing in the same office.
Jasmine said: "Taking part of the shadowing exercise went really well. I showed Stephen the kinds of orders I place, and also got an insight to the work I do on a day to day basis. He helped me to make some improvements and showed me how to do things that I hadn’t learned yet. He was a great help to my morning."
Apprentice ambassador Gemma Simpson then took the apprentices out for a team-building exercise, volunteering at Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood as part of our volunteering programme. They had their hands full throughout the day, including securing pens for birds affected by avian flu and checking on the ewes due to give to birth to lambs.
Sophie Carter, Business Administration Apprentice said: “I really enjoyed going out to volunteer at the farm on Tuesday and it was nice to have a day out with all the other apprentices.”
Vandross added: “Helping out at the farm was really enjoyable with the rest of the apprenticeships, it was great to socialise out of work. It was also really good to see the facilities they have there at the farm, and being able to give back to the community by doing voluntary work.”
On the lead up to the week Sophie also recorded a video about her experience of being an apprentice at Merlin, her role & why an apprenticeship was the best option for her:
Whilst the apprentices were spending time shadowing senior staff Gemma and Recruitment & HR Officer Alex Jones set up their stall at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s Ambitions event. During the day, they got students involved in activities and showed off the types of opportunities that we’ve done in the past ahead of our apprenticeship recruitment drive in June for our upcoming cohort to start in September.