National Apprenticeship Week – 5th – 9th March
Now in its 11th year, National Apprenticeship Week aims to both celebrate the success of apprenticeships and promote them to a pathway to a great career. Throughout the week, we showcased our award-winning apprenticeship scheme, speaking to a number of our past and present apprentices and attended the Swindon JobFest. Our Service Delivery Manager, Dan Busson, is also a Mentor for the Career Ready programme. Dan has recently mentored Sam, a student at Cirencester College; Dan was kind enough to share some of his experiences with us:
“I decided to get involved with Career Ready after we had been running a successful apprenticeship program for a number of years. Taking on a student from our local college for a summer internship seemed a natural extension of this. Once we had seen the benefits of the Career Ready program, we wanted to provide as much support to young people as possible going forward. As a result, I volunteered to become a mentor and I’ve really enjoyed the experience so far.
Mentoring a young person is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my professional life. You feel a real sense of pride when you see a formerly shy young person grow in confidence and achieve their goals thanks to your support and guidance.
I think the biggest difference I was able to make to Sam was in terms of his confidence, especially in interview situations. He went from being a very nervous young man, who would look anywhere except at the interviewer, providing very short answers, to someone who now has so much more confidence and conviction in answering questions and provides a more confident appearance.
I would recommend becoming a mentor yourself because watching a young person grow and develop their skill-set is a truly rewarding experience. You truly can make a difference, so get involved!”