Twenty-one-year-old Abbie Cockin joined Keepmoat Homes in May last year as an apprentice, and has impressed her team so much, she has already been promoted to Construction Administrator! We had a chat with Abbie about how she's found being an apprentice and what advice she'd give to others considering this route.
Why did you choose to study an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is the best way to gain experience in the world of work with the opportunity of a qualification at the end of the process. Coming from a different background of work previously, I was able to try something new and hopefully finding my way into a career that I will continue in the future.
What was the application process like?
When applying for the role, I applied through the Keepmoat website and had a first interview with the training provider which was Sheffield College. I then went on to having a second interview with Keepmoat and was successful.
How have Keepmoat supported you throughout your studies?
Through my apprenticeship I have monthly meetings with my assessor and line manager to see what progress I have made in my job and to assess how I am getting on through my studies. In the monthly meetings, my line manager is present to share any of her worries/queries. If I am ever unsure of anything, I am able to ask my colleagues/line manager and they will always point me into the right direction.
What are the positives of being an apprentice?
The positives of being an apprentice are that you can train in the right type of required skills, it can help you gain a lot confidence, you can earn while you learn and there may be some career progression after the apprenticeship.
What opportunities has an apprenticeship brought you?
Being an apprentice has provided me with lots of opportunities including being able to learn on the job, being able to understand how the business works and have good relationships with other colleagues and having the opportunity to go to a business event. I also was successful in receiving a full-time role with Keepmoat earlier this month.
Any advice for anyone wanting to complete an apprenticeship?
Always work hard to prove yourself to your employers.
What do your friends and family think about your career choice?
They will always be proud of me in whichever career path I take.
Are you happy with the balance of work and study?
There is a good balance between work and study. As I don’t attend college, I have to manage my own work/study timetable. I usually set aside three days of the week for my normal work load and spend two days in the week concentrating on my assignments.
If you want to find out more about our apprenticeships please visit: www.keepmoat.com/lookbeyond