Celebration of apprentices
This week (March 4 to 8) is National Apprenticeship Week, an annual celebration of apprenticeships and apprentices everywhere.
Boston Borough Council has an apprenticeship scheme and we asked some of our current apprentices to speak about their experiences. Communications apprentice Jasmine Lilley interviewed her fellow apprentices at Boston Borough Council and took their photographs for this feature.
Jasmine Lilley, administration apprentice working in Communications and People Services
"After working in childcare for six years, I decided to have a complete career change. I enjoy learning new things and wanted to do something very different, so I started to look for administration and office work.
"I looked for jobs on the Boston Borough Council website and applied for a general administration apprenticeship in various departments.
"I was invited to come for an interview, where I was asked many questions, took some short tests and was given more information about the council and the apprenticeship roles available. The interview must have gone well as a few days later I was offered an apprenticeship.
"I went back for a few hours one day to see the offices, meet people and fill out paperwork, then I started the job a few weeks later. The apprenticeship is interesting and varied and although I have not been here long, I have already learnt a lot of new information about the council.
"So far I have helped to write reports and taken pictures at events, some of which have been published in the two local newspapers, posted on the council's social media platforms, done research, filing, created spreadsheets and other general office duties."
Hollie Dawson, Environmental Operations Apprentice
Hollie came to her apprenticeship at the council straight from secondary school, after finding the job advertised on Facebook. Hollie decided to apply at the council as quite a few people recommended it as a good place to work; people said the council is encouraging. Hollie had two interviews on the same day - the first an initial interview and then a second more in-depth interview with senior staff, which she said was "really scary". They told her they would be in contact shortly and rang a few days later to offer her the job. Hollie said working here is really different to what she was used to but she really enjoys her job. Her many different tasks include reporting fly tips, collating weights from refuse tickets, looking after the waste and Fly Swat emails and general office duties, such as answering the phones.
Sophie Miles, IT Apprentice
Before this job, Sophie was at college for a year. She heard about the apprenticeship through the college and applied as she thought it would be a good opportunity, especially for a first job. Sophie said the interview was nerve racking, they discussed what she had previously learnt, what was expected of her and what her job role would focus on. Her duties are the IT helpdesk, customer services and dealing with general IT issues. She says what she likes most about the job is that she gets to learn a variety of things and it has boosted her confidence.
Amy Stringer, Land Charges and Licensing Apprentice
Amy was at college before she started this apprenticeship. She found the advertisement on a job website and applied. She came for an interview which she felt all right about, but said she found the tests in the interview difficult, so was delighted when she got offered the job the next week. Amy thought working at the council would be good as a family member worked here before and other people had told her it was a nice place to work and had good reviews for apprentices. Amy enjoys her job and especially likes that the people who work here as they are friendly. "Everyone talks to you when you pass them in the corridors," she said.