by | Feb 15, 2024 | All News, Latest News

Last year, 130,000 apprentices embarked on their apprenticeship journey to gain knowledge and develop knowledge and skills to support the UK workforce. Within Carbonxgen, we want to ensure that the next generation of talent can develop their skills and knowledge through on-the-job training within our organisation. In October 2023, we recruited our first apprentice working within our Business Services department, Luke Smith.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we spoke to Luke to see why an apprenticeship was the right route for him.

Q: What made you decide to pursue an apprenticeship?

A: After leaving college without a clear career path, I worked as a teaching assistant before realising the need for change. Following a brief period studying media studies at university, I decided on an apprenticeship at Carbonxgen, determined to secure a position in my chosen field.

Q: Can you provide details about the structure and requirements of your apprenticeship?

A: Certainly. My apprenticeship involves dedicating a specific amount of time each week to ‘off-the-job training.’ This includes activities such as completing assignments and participating in bi-monthly lessons lasting around an hour and a half. However, the most valuable use of my time is hands-on training within the company, particularly with other teams within the business, contributing significantly to my progress.

Q: How is your learning experience facilitated during the apprenticeship?

A: As my apprenticeship is entirely online, there is no physical attendance at a college. Instead, I have a tutor available for contact and reference. All activities, including assignments and practical training, are logged into my online learning journal.

Q: How do you balance studying with working full-time?

A: Although it may seem like a troublesome task, the support I get from work means that it is really flexible where I get my work in as they are supportive making sure I get my time in, and more specifically I don’t get disturbed while doing that apprenticeship work. On top of this, my partner does the same apprenticeship as me and started around the same time so we support each other where we can. Another factor of this is my training time when I’m learning something new at work counts towards my apprenticeship time.

Q: What is your favourite part of your job?

A: After leaving university, it was a bit scary knowing I now had to enter the adult world of working, I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life in a learning environment, and now I have reached a turning point. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I realised apprenticeships were an option, I’m glad I found Carbonxgen. From my first interview, I could tell the culture within the work environment was where I wanted to be. Everyone is so friendly and always supports me no matter what. So I think my favourite part of the job, is the people.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

A: My most exciting thing is finishing my apprenticeship, but that isn’t till next year. So, I think I’m most excited about my development over the coming months, not just in terms of work, but in terms of my character growth.