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National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2020) brings together employers and apprentices across the UK and is a fantastic opportunity to put the spotlight on apprentices, focusing on the key theme for this year which is #LookBeyond.

Everyone’s experience of an apprenticeship is different, and National Apprenticeship Week is a chance for us to celebrate apprentices themselves, appreciate their hard work and focus on what makes them unique. During the week we’ll be providing regular updates on social media and hearing from apprentices themselves.

Further to our video above, which highlights, how we believe progress and training can lead to great things, two of our apprentices at db automation Ltd (part of the PCE GROUP have been interviewed and shared their comments on a selection of questions asked.)

First we chatted to Charlie Astill:

Do you think it is important to recognise apprenticeships on National Apprenticeship week?

“Yes, it’s important, because it’s a great way to learn and should be recognised.”

Why were you interested in an apprenticeship?

“I struggled with the way I was taught in a school environment, and the way you learn and develop through an apprenticeship was appealing, and I felt would suit me.”

What makes db/PCE different to other businesses?

“I don’t have much previous experience in the workplace, but I feel it’s a great place to work, and I’m happy here.”

Do you find that work/study and on the job, training are a positive way to learn?

“Yes, very much so you get experience physically, its hands on.”

What was the biggest problem/challenge in work you have had to solve?

“I burnt a bowl feeder wall, whilst I was learning to weld, finding a solution was a challenge, with the support of others, I learnt from this, and have learnt a new skill.”

Where do you feel the apprenticeship will lead you?

“As I develop within PCE GROUP, I am learning new skills to help me in the future, my people skills have improved alongside my development of work skills.”

Finally, what is the funniest thing that has happened on your apprenticeship?

“Christmas Jumper day was fun, everyday there is a good atmosphere and I’d say we have fun every day (not really the funniest but true.”

Apprentices db automation ltd

Next to be interviewed was Tom Rice:

Do you think it is important to recognise apprenticeships on National Apprenticeship week?

“Yes, because apprenticeships are important.”

Why were you interested in an apprenticeship?

“Like Charlie, I didn’t do well in the school environment, and wanted to gain skills, and learn whilst I earnt an income.”

What makes db/PCE different to other businesses?

“It has given me access to a variety of learning and I have support in each element, no matter how many times I ask.”

Do you find that work/study and on the job, training are a positive way to learn?

“Yes, I have gained and continue to learn every day, I feel there is always room to grow, and I have that opportunity with db/PCE GROUP.”

What was the biggest problem/challenge in work you have had to solve?

“Working on adjustable bowl feeders, when it just wouldn’t work, identifying parts trying to find an efficient solution, it was challenging.”

Where do you feel the apprenticeship will lead you?

“Into a long-lasting career, one that there are always new skills to learn.”

Finally, what is the funniest thing that has happened on your apprenticeship?

There are so many memories, I work closely with great people and have great relationships there’s always a sense of fun!”

Throughout this week we will be highlighting our training, growth and investment within our staff.

Our apprentices are just part of our ongoing journey.

 

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