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Apprentice Case Studies

Here's what some of our apprentices, past and present, have to say about their experiences on apprenticeships at A.F. Blakemore: 
 

Andrew Howell

Customer Service Provider

AndrewWhy did you choose to study as an apprentice with A.F. Blakemore? I joined the company on a customer service apprenticeship in April 2014. I saw the apprenticeship as an opportunity to get my foot in the door at the company, as I really wanted an office job in a local and supportive environment and I really appreciated the company’s good sense of community.

How has A.F. Blakemore supported you and helped you progress? I have gained more customer service skills and improved my communication skills through great support and training from team leaders. When we recently had some new starters, I was able to support them, which was nice. I also feel like I’m not just another number at A.F. Blakemore, since during my apprenticeship I was recognised for my outstanding work at an awards ceremony in London.

What do you find most interesting about your role? I enjoy the job itself, the friendly environment I work in and the sense of satisfaction I get when I help customers get back on track. I also really enjoyed the training I recieved whilst on the apprenticeship. 

What are your plans for the future with A.F. Blakemore? I’d really like to either progress into a leadership role or branch out into IT. It’s great that A.F. Blakemore keeps its apprentices on and keeps developing staff and I really want to take advantage of that.

 

Jen Davies

Warehouse & Distribution Apprentice

JenWhy did you choose to study as an apprentice with A.F. Blakemore? I was keen to study as an apprentice with A.F. Blakemore because the apprenticeship seemed more varied than the others available. You are able to learn loads about different sections and get a qualification at the end. I also like the fact that A.F. Blakemore is a family based company, closely linked with the community.

What have you enjoyed most on your apprenticeship? I have enjoyed working in the loading bay the most. I have also enjoyed the written part of the apprenticeship and building relationships with others in the warehouse. Since working at A.F. Blakemore I have been able to take part in community activities and training, such as litter picking and the Effective Team Member course. I am keen to take advantage of more opportunities like these.

What are your plans for the future with A.F. Blakemore? I want to work towards becoming a team leader at the company and would be very interested in eventually becoming a HGV driver through the Warehouse to Wheels training programme.

 

Georgia Adams

Administration Clerk

GeorgiaWhy did you choose to study as an apprentice with A.F. Blakemore? I joined the company on a customer service apprenticeship in 2013 after hearing that A.F. Blakemore was a good company to work for. I planned to start as an apprentice and work my way up into a permanent role, which I achieved. I was happy that the apprenticeship was not classroom based and liked the fact I would do all my training at work.

How has A.F. Blakemore supported you? The role has really built up my confidence – I am now a better communicator with people at all levels. I went on an auditing course which really helped me in my role. I have learnt how to use different computer systems as well as about different job roles through providing cover in Claims, the Bonus Office and date checking in the warehouse. The role is varied and that’s what I like.

What did you enjoy most on your apprenticeship? I enjoyed meeting new people through ordering, whether they were internal or external. My proudest moment was raising £550 for Compton Hospice through a Christmas jumper day. I would really like to be involved in more community work through the business in the future.

What are your plans for the future with A.F. Blakemore? I am interested in receiving more training. I also like the idea of eventually moving into more of an HR role as I really like dealing with people and solving problems.

 

Jack Ansell

Warehouse & Distribution Apprentice 

JackWhy did you choose to study as an apprentice with A.F. Blakemore? I want to get a qualification while working and I like the fact that A.F. Blakemore is a local, family-based company. It’s a different setting from school – a new environment, and I feel I respond better to practical learning.

How has A.F. Blakemore supported you? Through attending the company's Effective Team Member course I have improved my leadership skills and strengthened my communication skills.

What are your plans for the future with A.F. Blakemore? I would like to gain permanent employment with the company and become a team leader or supervisor in the future. 

 

Marco Mal

IT Technician

MarcoHow has A.F. Blakemore supported you? I have learnt a lot. I deal with the majority of the business and offer IT support both in person and remotely. I had learnt the basics through other training, but the apprenticeship at A.F. Blakemore has helped me develop further and has set me on my career path.

What do you enjoy most about your role? I enjoy making calls to different places across the business and meeting new people. I feel I’m a practical learner and that I have learnt a lot being on the job and supported by other members of the team.

What are your plans for the future with A.F. Blakemore? I hope to gain more experience and gain more knowledge. The world of IT is always changing, so it will be necessary for me to go on top-up courses every now and then. I enjoy my role overall and feel that A.F. Blakemore is a supportive environment to learn and develop. Learning and working at the same time really suited me and I would recommend doing an apprenticeship to other young people.