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national apprenticeship week 2021

As part of the National Apprenticeship Week, running from 8th to the 14th February 2021, Aarsleff Ground Engineering are celebrating their own apprentices by highlighting their experiences to date. National Apprentice Week encourages employers, apprentices and colleges to showcase and celebrate the success of apprenticeships across England, whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career. 

We caught up with our own business administration apprentice Libby Butler, who joined Aarsleff in September 2019 where she started learning company business processes, before moving into our piling department.  

What were you doing before you became an apprentice? 

I worked at the catering van in Newark Market Square part-time while attending a college in Bingham, Nottingham.

Can you tell me about your role and your day-to-day activities?

As an administration apprentice, every day is different. I provide administrative support to our Driven Piling team, this includes attending and minuting department meetings, supporting projects by raising purchase orders, hiring/off-hiring of equipment and processing electronic filing of contract information. I also provide rotary cover for our head office reception alongside the rest of the admin team, providing a warm and friendly welcome to all visitors to our company both in person and on the telephone.

What has been the best part of your experience as an apprentice so far?

My experience as an apprentice as a whole has been enjoyable. I have learnt many new things and developed skills that I wouldn’t have gained if I was just to do a college course.

Who has helped and supported you during your training and education?

During my first couple of months at Aarsleff I was trained on reception under Nicola Marriott (Senior Administration Assistant) and Heather Jones (Business and HR Manager). They were both extremely helpful in ensuring that I had all the information and time I needed to learn the company’s processes. This gave me a good foundation to build company knowledge as I moved into the Piling Department.

The colleagues in my department have all been helpful during my apprenticeship, supporting me with my exam project, filling out questionnaires and voicing their opinions which has helped in improving my end project that my examiner will be marking. Both Dan Broadly (Operations Manager) and Mark Fuller (Piling Director) always make time to support my apprenticeship by answering any questions I may have and allowing time to attend college meetings.

What do you enjoy about working for Aarsleff?

Everyone at Aarsleff is extremely helpful and friendly. I have received support from many of my colleagues in my time here and I know that if I need future support I just need to ask.

For more information on our apprentices and graduates see here: Our Graduates – Aarsleff

To become an Aarsleff apprentice please keep an eye out for opportunities listed on our  Careers – Aarsleff