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Meet our Apprentices

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

Jordan Maitland

Warehouse & Distribution Apprentice

JordanWhy did you choose to study as an apprentice with A.F. Blakemore? I tend to prefer practical learning to classroom-based work, so working in the warehouse and completing the coursework offers a varied and interesting workload.

How has A.F. Blakemore supported you and helped you progress? The role has taught me how to get on with people from all backgrounds and work as a team. I also recognise that here at A.F. Blakemore doors are open to me. If you work hard and show that you’re willing, new opportunities will become available to you.

What have you enjoyed most on your apprenticeship so far? I’ve recently learnt how to do stock control and I’ve found it really interesting as I like computers. It’s great to learn how it all works and gain new skills.

What are your plans for the future with A.F. Blakemore? After I’ve completed my apprenticeship I would be keen to either continue working in stock control or work towards a management role within the Logistics division.

 

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 received 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.

 

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.