Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 17, 2015
The empty tray and motivation

For people working or looking to work in an office environment, the empty tray feeling is definitely the best! During National Apprenticeship Week I had a talk with a group of pupils on our pre-apprenticeship Steps-to-Success programme and one pupil asked the brilliant question, “as an apprentice, what is your motivation to come into work every-day from Monday-Friday 9-5:30?”, to which my instant reaction was “to empty my tray!” This of course was said in a joking manner because unlike some administrators, I don't often have an overloaded tray but when it is empty, it is a beautiful sight!

Leading on from this I answered the question with what I feel to be the reasoning behind following the apprenticeship programme as a route to employment and my motivation to turn up at work everyday - firstly, you gain the most valuable on-the-job experience that you will ever gain, due to it (in my case) being your first ever full time job in the industry that you are trying to find a career in. As an apprentice, it is not only your job to learn the new skills needed to complete the job but to show that you have the skills and the drive to complete the job to the best of your ability. This in turn will not only give you a better chance of having a full time permanent job at the end of the apprenticeship, but if the company can't take you on full time, you have a company that knows you work hard to get tasks completed and could get a really good reference for your next job from there!

Disclaimer to the management: it is not a common occurrence to have an empty tray!

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March 13, 2015
National Apprenticeship Week


The week has come! It is all smiles here at N&B Training because National Apprenticeship Week has arrived!

The 2015 National Apprenticeship Week started on Mon 9th March and will run through to Friday the 13th March and is focused on promoting the increasingly popular vocational education route of apprenticeships.

After doing some research, I managed to find some pretty interesting facts about apprenticeships since 1914. This included the fact that 100 years ago, an apprentice could be summoned to court for being 'idle' or having a 'bad attitude'. Luckily for me, I make sure I am always busy getting the weekly work completed. Another really cool fact is that since 2010 there have been over two million apprenticeship starts in England. This is a huge number and really shows how it has come to be one of the best employment routes for younger people. To build on this, between August 2014 and the end of October 2014, there were 147,500 apprenticeship starts - this is a huge number of people for only 3 months!

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