Apprentice Diaries

Our First Apprentice

If I rewind to 1991, I can remember my first day as an Apprentice at Nortel Networks in Paignton, Devon. Nortel was a ‘massive’ telecoms company with c2000+ people at the time. Not only was I the youngest in the company, but also 1 of only 2 apprentices taken on that year, and apart from a small intake the following year, one of the last apprentices. I can clearly remember being extremely nervous, and not knowing much about the world of work, let alone anything at all about laser diodes, PUMP lasers, telecoms transceivers or much at all.  Not wanting to go down the university route, but keen to earn a living and have a career, Nortel was the greatest start I could have imagined. Thinking about it now, it was impossible to know how much I was about to learn in such a short period of time.

Fast forward now to 2019, and apprenticeships are making a massive come back. The country is starting to realise that we need to invest in the next generation, and that a young person, with the right attitude, and the right support, can quickly become a benefit to a company.So, after couple of weeks of interviews, and some much-needed help and support from South Devon College, Jasmine started with us on the 11th February 2019. Over the next 12 months Jasmine will be our Business/Admin Apprentice and she will be helping us with all sorts of work across all parts of the business. The plan is for her to study for an NVQ2 in Business Administration with South Devon College, and over the next 12 months she will be learning and helping us with all sort of things, across almost all aspects of the business.

For the project side of her NVQ, Jasmine will be taking over this part of the website ‘Apprentice Diaries’. In short it will become a monthly ‘diary’ of what happens in the office, what Jasmine has been doing and maybe the odd picture or video of the team and the office. We hope it will give an insight into the ‘world of the apprentice’ as well as the world of technical recruitment.

Maybe next year we will make the movie!

Lee Mulligan – Managing Director – 8th March 2019

My First Month with Advanced – 15th March 2019

I’m Jasmine and I’m the new apprentice at Advanced Technical Recruitment. We hope that these monthly diaries will give you a nice insight into the life of an apprentice, as well as the world of recruitment with Advanced.

A few months ago, I had this big realisation that I wanted full-time work and to try something new, something I could really get stuck into. I knew I wasn’t qualified to leap straight into an admin role without any prior experience in that field, so I decided that an apprenticeship would be the best choice for me so that I could eventually get a NVQ, as well as gain valuable experience and knowledge along the way. Now I’m a month into my apprenticeship with Advanced and I know I’ve made the right decision!

What a month I’ve had. My first day feels like quite some time ago now, but I vividly remember the butterflies in my stomach as I stepped into the office on my first day, admittedly knowing very little about the kind of technical roles that Advanced recruits for. I was nervous about meeting my new co-workers, and nervous that I’d struggle with the work itself since everything was so new to me. It took me no time at all to realise, however, that my nerves were misplaced; I couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of people to work with. Right from day one, everyone has made me feel welcome and comfortable, helping me without hesitation when I have felt unsure of how to do something.

I believe you can learn quite a lot simply from being in an office environment – I already have! I didn’t know much at all about technical jobs (or recruitment for that matter) when I started here, but I’ve found that I’ve picked up on bits of information just from being here as part of the office, and hearing the others discussing what they’re up to.

I’ve been kept nice and busy working on the company’s huge database, as well as putting together spreadsheets of potential new business leads for the consultants. I’ve even been given some proper responsibility – it is now my job to post new vacancies onto our website, as well as Jobsite and CV Library. This means that the time consultants would have spent doing this themselves can now be used in other ways, so it frees up some time for them. Although this may sound like only a small thing, it genuinely means a lot to me that I have been trusted with this task after only having been here a matter of weeks. On top of tasks for Advanced, I’ve got college assignments for my diploma to keep me occupied too. I can already tell it’s going to be a busy but productive year for me. I’m excited to find out how much I progress as the months go by and I’m looking forward to learning more and more in my time here!

Check Back Soon for Month 2