Meet the Ecotile Apprentices; Part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016
This month we are celebrating National Apprenticeships Week here at Ecotile Industrial Flooring. From the 14th – 20th March we’ll be celebrating the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
As part of this special week we have arranged a job sway day where some of our young apprentices will be swapping roles with senior people in the company. In the mornings a designated senior manager will shadow an apprentice and in the afternoon the apprentice will be shadow the Senior Manager.
Our aim is to promote greater understanding between different areas of the business and give our apprentices a broader experience of the industry outside of their job roles.
Today we are focussing on some of the apprentices taking part and finding out a bit more about what it’s like to be an apprentice in the world of industrial floor manufacturing.
So Danny, tell us a bit about your apprenticeship
I’m a Web Development Apprentice doing Advanced Level IT, Software, Web & Telecoms. I’m currently at Level 3 and been on the programme for seven months.
Why did you decide to join the apprenticeship scheme?
I think it’s a really efficient way to learn and it comes with the added bonus of gaining confidence and developing as a person. Getting paid to learn is quite nice too!
Tell us about the skills you’ve learned so far?
I’ve learnt an awful lot but the main skillset I’ve developed has been in HTML / PHP Coding, network and server maintenance and also some design skills. I’ve also developed various software skills and time management.
What is the best thing about being an apprentice?
It’s definitely been gaining experience and qualifications at the same time.
What would you recommend to others about being an apprentice?
It comes down to the individual’s choice on what they think will be better for their style of learning. I personally think it is the best way to build on your professional skills and it gives you real ‘hands on’ abilities. You learn an awful lot without being thrown in the deep end. Above all I think that apprenticeship schemes help you to become extremely employable at a young age.
Finally, why did you choose to be an apprentice with Ecotile?
Ecotile is a good sized SME with some exceptional people working towards a shared objective. We all work together to achieve targets and there is a sense of togetherness and commitment at Ecotile that means everybody gets to better their working ability and enjoy doing it. I think that companies that are too corporate can cause new staff/apprentices to miss out on some valuable training and expertise.
Camao, tell us about your apprenticeship
I’ve been doing a diploma in customer service for just over 1 year now. I’m currently at level two.
Why did you decide to join the apprenticeship scheme?
I wanted to achieve some good qualifications but I’ve never been fond of the classroom, so this seemed like the perfect route for me!
What are the best things you’ve learned so far?
I have continuously developed my sales skills and learnt how to deal with customers in a variety of different scenarios and settings.
What do you like about being an apprentice?
You are able to carry out real tasks and to try and deliver work of proper quality, just like the rest of the team. But you also have a bit of leeway. Everyone is supportive of you and understands that you are still learning.
Would you recommend it to others?
I would certainly recommend it to others. It allows for real flexibility and there so many different apprenticeships and apprenticeship schemes out there to choose from. Even if you try one and you decide it’s not for you, you’ll soon find one that suits. There is something for everyone.
Why did you decide to do your apprentice with Ecotile?
Ecotile were very transparent in what they wanted, right from the get go. They told me where I could progress within the company and all about the skills I could develop. I’ve learnt things that will really help in the large majority of jobs and even in everyday life situations.
So Alex, what is the name of your apprenticeship?
I’m a Setting Technician for Injection Moulding Machines
What level are you at?
I am currently just over half way through my apprenticeship. I have completed my level 3 diploma in general engineering, and I’m now working towards my HNC
How long have you been an apprentice?
I’ve been an apprentice for two and a half years now
And what made you join the apprenticeship scheme?
I joined the scheme because I was keen to start my working life but I still wanted to continue being educated and gaining qualifications. This scheme is perfect for that.
What have you learned so far?
I have learnt a lot in my time at Ecotile and gained many skills. I’ve really developed my knowledge as a setter. This involves a lot of technical know-how such as tool changing and resolving moulding problems. I have received forklift training and now have a licence. I have also been on various training courses and expanded my commercial awareness. On a personal level I have developed communications and team working skills.
What do you like most about being an apprentice and why would you recommend it to others?
Getting paid to be educated is, obviously, great. You are gaining skills, qualifications, knowledge and work experience, all of which you will need later in life, while also receiving a wage.
Why did you choose to be an apprentice with Ecotile?
I chose Ecotile because it looked like it had a vibrant friendly working atmosphere, the staff where very polite and welcoming, and the apprenticeship offered everything I was looking for.
To find out more about Ecotile’s apprenticeship schemes get in touch with us today.