For National Apprenticeship Week, Community’s apprentices took time out of a training session to share their experiences of being an apprentice. The union currently has five apprentices based across the union.
Ben Richards, apprentice organiser in Wales, said:
“I saw it as a gateway to build my career for the future. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for anybody.”
Alex Teague, who works as an apprentice organiser in our Midlands region, said:
“I was looking out for an apprenticeship for a long time…I was really unemployable to get into an office, so an apprenticeship is a great way to learn on the job.”
Alex’s Midlands colleague, Dan Warren, said:
“I would recommend an apprenticeship because it’s good to learn and it’s a really good way to get your feet in the door.”
Liam Gill, who is based in the union’s Cardiff office with Ben, said:
“For National Apprenticeship Week, it’s really good to see Community continuing to develop myself and my colleagues in the world of work…and I hope they keep doing it.”
Community has been running its apprenticeship programme for over five years, with apprentices graduating to secure full-time employment with the union directly or with other employers.