Brief description of employer:
Renewable Energy company, main income coming from Wind Power. Installing and maintaining wind turbines for customers,
How did you find out about Apprenticeships?
Word of mouth and “get into apprenticeships” adverts on TV.
What were you doing before you started your Apprenticeship?
I attended my local high school, leaving with 11 GCSEs including A-C in English, Maths & Science. I joined sixth form, studying PE, Business Studies and Psychology.
I was also worked at Odeon Cinemas as a host, working evenings and weekends.
What qualifications have you achieved/ expect to achieve through your Apprenticeship?
I’ve achieved a Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ in business administration, and I’m finishing work for the Level 4 in Leadership and Management.
On top of this, the business has put me through a week long ‘future managers’ training course, as well as recently APQ Project Management training.
What made you choose an Apprenticeship?
When I was at school, apprenticeships were never encouraged. It seemed like university was the way to go to be successful. Midway into my second year at sixth form, I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the end of year, losing motivation and my attendance was rapidly decreasing.
Family and friends who had apprenticeships advised me to take a look on the Government website to check them out.
What are your main duties, responsibilities and day to day tasks?
When I first started at Siemens, I was a resource coordinator apprentice, in the UK Resource Management Team. This team had 120 technicians, who would travel when needed to any windfarm in the UK. My job was to check their expenses, holidays, PPE requests and update rotas.
I was gradually introduced to other aspects of Resource Management, which included coordinating with third party contractors to hire additional technicians to assist on windfarms. I really enjoyed this part of the job most, building relationships with different customers across the UK, and many suppliers.
Our working area increased to cover Northern Europe and the Middle East, and the need for a contractor manager was realised. I was an apprentice coming to the end of my third year, I applied and thanks to the skills I’d built in my apprenticeship and faith from management, I was successful. My main responsibilities are:
- Working closely with Procurement in the UK, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium to agree contracts with labour suppliers for windfarms in these countries.
- Hiring, off-hiring, and performance managing all contractors across these areas, which in peak summer is around 350/400 contractors.
- Working with all offshore windfarms and suppliers across this region, to support the windfarms as best as possible and secure contractors for required periods.
- Regular travels around Europe for meetings with our internal teams and suppliers.
What are the main benefits of an Apprenticeship?
Getting paid and learning at the same time. I’m able to build knowledge without juggling a part time job on weekends or evenings, great for work life balance.
The experiences I have built up in over three years are invaluable. There aren’t many jobs at my age, where I would be able to travel and meet people from all over Europe.
The main benefit of apprenticeships is the people you meet and work with. The apprenticeship scheme is great for mixing with people of all ages.
Would you recommend Apprenticeships?
I would recommend apprenticeships to anyone wanting to study, develop life skills and relationships, while getting paid at the same time.
What are your future goals?
To build on what I have already achieved thanks to my apprenticeship. If it wasn’t for this, I don’t see me of achieving the required grades to end up at such a great company and position as I am.