8 Mar 2017
The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2017) brings together employers and apprentices across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade. The week also encourages more people to choose an apprenticeship as a fast track to a great career.
To celebrate we have decided to introduce you to five of our very own apprentices who are at different stages of their journey, three of which have completed and now have full-time positions within The Viking Family of Companies.
Amy Henderson was our very first apprentice; she joined Chiltern Maritime in 2014 through Southampton City College. Amy decided to look for an apprenticeship after her brother had completed his and was in full-time work. Amy realised that this was the best route for her and chose Chiltern Maritime for its Cruise/Shipping background as she was studying travel already.
Speaking to Amy, she said, “It’s been a year since completing my apprenticeship and responsibility in the office has increased over this year. I wasn’t sure what to expect but now I'm able to work on tasks more independently but with a could supportive team.”
Amy will be looking to do her Business Administration Level 3 in the next couple of years.
Reece Jaconelli completed his apprenticeship in January 2016 and is now a full-time employee at Viking Recruitment. After finishing his A Levels, Reece applied to numerous jobs for eight months, only to be rejected by them all. He contacted a local company not long after the
For the first six months, Reece started with the Crew & Operations team, learning about the correct certification and documentation needed to work at sea. From there he moved to the Yacht Recruitment team where he was able to apply the knowledge he’d learnt to put people forward for positions, making his first placement for a Service Steward onboard a 160m+ Superyacht.
After speaking to Reece about his future, he said, “I am definitely considering doing a higher level but at the moment I’m just really pleased about completing my Level 2 in Business & Administration. Starting the apprenticeship made the transition from education to employment a lot easier and I feel comfortable at where I'm at for the moment”.
Reece, like many of the other apprentices and employees, takes parts in marine training courses at Viking’s sister company, The Maritime Skills Academy. This helps those who haven’t been to sea experience and learn what it is like for the Crew Members they speak to every day.
Our most recently finished apprentice is Annie Goldfinch, who started in February 2016 through East Kent College. Throughout the apprenticeship, Annie found the workload manageable and also enjoyed being part of an office environment, something she was a little nervous about. She said, “When I started I wasn’t sure whether I’d be treated as an employee or an apprentice but I was welcomed into the team and treated like everyone else in the office. I’m glad I made the decision to start an apprenticeship because not only have I learnt vocational skills but I’ve learnt a valuable set of life skills”.
Annie will be looking to do the next level as she would like to develop her skills further and possibly look to get to a Management Level.
Zenya Harper found her apprenticeship through East Kent College in September 2016. She started at Viking Recruitment within the Crew & Operations department. Zenya is qualified in Early Years Childcare and Basic Administration but decided that she wanted a career change and that an apprenticeship was the way forward. When Zenya started she did have some concerns; she said, “to start with I was concerned about not having any experience in the industry but with everyone being so supportive and informative it made it easy for me to ask questions. This has already turned out better than I thought it would and I'm eager to learn more.”
Zenya has 6 months left and when completed she will receive the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Business and Administration.
Our more recent apprentice, Hope Denton, started February 2017 within the Recruitment department at Viking Recruitment. Hope decided to look into an apprenticeship after realising that the career path she had chosen wasn’t suitable anymore. Hope wanted a way to obtain experience in a working environment whilst gaining a qualification; which is when she decided to look for help through East Kent College. When searching for the right company she came across Viking Recruitment, a company that stood from the rest. Hope had never considered a career in recruitment or administration let alone a company within the marine industry. After further research Hope decided to apply and was successful.
Two weeks in and Hope feels settled into the office working environment. She said, “I have received nothing but help and support in my new role. I feel like part of the team and it’s only been two weeks! It has been an enjoyable learning curve and everyone in the office has been extremely welcoming”.
So if you are looking to develop your skills, gain qualifications and start a career; all our apprentices would recommend looking into an apprenticeship. Not only have they earned money whilst still learning, they now have the experience the working world requires, along with confidence and a completely new mindset.