Aarsleff Ground Engineering is celebrating apprenticeships in construction this week by sharing experience from its own apprentices as part of the National Apprenticeship Week from 3rd to 9th February 2020.
Now in its 13th year, the National Apprenticeship week (#NAW2020) 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 two business administration apprentices Libby and Amber, who joined Aarsleff in September, to find out more about their apprenticeships are going.
Amber, why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I chose to do an apprenticeship because I was eager to get a qualification and learn new skills, but I didn’t think going back to college to do another two-year course would give me that option. I also wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do either, so this path gives me a chance to get used to being in a workplace and achieve a qualification that gives me options in the future.
Libby, what skills have you learnt so far on your apprenticeship?
I have learnt loads of things on my apprenticeship, including how to create spreadsheets and collect data and how to communicate with internal and external stakeholders in a professional way. I have also learnt how to navigate and raise purchase orders on Aarsleff’s accounting system and I have expanded my knowledge on the different ground engineering techniques. I enjoy the achievement of completing these tasks and the team I work in who has helped me.
Amber, what have you enjoyed about the apprenticeship you are on?
I enjoy being treated as an equal by my colleagues and learning while I work as it allows me to apply the learning from my course into my day and I can see my own progress being made all the time. It is also nice that I am earning something for the work I do, as before I was juggling my college work and work and was struggling to find time to do both. This apprenticeship allows me to do all the required study within my work week so I can enjoy my weekends.
Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to others?
Amber – I would definitely recommend the scheme to anyone of any age. It is a great opportunity to study, work and earn a wage for that work and you get a qualification which you can take with you wherever you go in the future.
Libby – I would 100% recommend an apprenticeship to someone who is struggling to decide. On an apprenticeship you benefit from learning new skills and experience which you otherwise wouldn’t get to whilst at college.