As it's national apprentice week, we thought we’d hear from our apprentice Katy.
Katy, why did you decide an apprenticeship was the right option for you?
I decided to go down the apprenticeship route after finishing my first year in college. I wanted to be in a professional environment, where I could work, learn and grow within a company.
What Apprenticeship are you doing?
I am currently in a Level 2 Recruitment Resourcer Apprenticeship.
What’s it like being an apprentice at Element?
Becoming an apprentice at Element Recruitment has definitely been my best decision.
I have been at Element for nearly 9 months which has flown by.
The office is a lovely environment to work in, everyone is very helpful with any queries I have, which has definitely helped me to progress.
Everyone in the office is also really supportive and they love to see one another succeed, this has been a big factor for me, I haven’t been treated any differently as an apprentice, I feel valued, I am treated fairly and given the respect everyone else in the office gets.
What does a typical day involve?
My day starts with catching up with the team to discuss the jobs we are working on and the interviews that are booked or need arranging. I then reply to my emails and start with my morning calls, making sure my booked registrations are still able to meet with me. Later on in the day I will be busy meeting with candidates. The registration is a one on one meeting to speak to the candidate about their previous roles and to find out what they are now looking for. If we have a job I believe the candidate would be interested in, I will brief them on the job and tell them about the company. If I’m not meeting candidates, I will be searching on platforms such as Reed to find candidates that are looking for roles. I have also started to do reference calls for all the candidates I meet enabling me to build confidence when speaking to clients as a step towards becoming a full 360 consultant.
What have you learnt?
I have learnt how to become a more personable and confident person and my communication skills have improved both over the phone and when composing e-mails.
What have been the best bits?
The best bit was the first time a candidate I had met was successful in getting a temporary position and they were really pleased. Everyone in the office celebrated this which gave me a big boost to keep going and made me feel successful and well appreciated.
Another best bit of being at Element is the social events they arrange. We had an afternoon out playing rounders after my first month at Element which was a nice icebreaker, our most recent sports day was a lot of fun, there was a real family feel to the afternoon which I enjoyed.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans are to continue to progress within Element Recruitment, I hope to one day become a successful 360 recruitment consultant.
What would you say to people thinking about doing an apprenticeship?
I think an apprenticeship is a really good way to find your feet after leaving Education, an apprenticeship is also a good way to build up your professional experience.
I feel you should find a company that values you as an employee and are eager to see you succeed.