For me, I felt an apprenticeship was the best move for me after completing my secondary education. In the current climate, experience is a big advantage and an apprenticeship is a great opportunity to start early.

Advanced business administration apprentice at Chartrange

Congratulations to Toby Hensman from Chartrange, who was awarded apprentice of the month in February 2017!

In his own words, this has been Toby’s experience so far…

What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?

For me, I felt an apprenticeship was the best move for me after completing my secondary education. Although I had the opportunity to take my A levels, in the current climate, experience is a big advantage and an apprenticeship is a great opportunity to start early. Having worked at Chartrange for nearly two years, I have learnt so much in a short amount of time and this has expanded not only my skillset but has also benefited me in gaining new qualifications and progressing a career that I really enjoy.

What did your role as an apprentice entail?

I was initially employed at Chartrange as a reception and administration apprentice which involved providing main cover answering the telephones, sorting of incoming and outgoing post and any other general administration duties required. My role has since progressed rapidly; I am currently working in both health and safety and assisting the quantity surveyor with project finances. It certainly keeps me busy!

What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?

During my employment at Chartrange, I have gained and am currently studying additional qualifications to my apprenticeship such as the National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, Fire Marshalling and First Aid. Each pass is a milestone, highlighting the results of my hard work.

What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?

Recently, I was appointed alongside my line manager to manage the company’s ISO accreditations (quality management standards). This is quite a lot of work and it is very important that these are maintained as they are vital to Chartrange winning jobs in the public and private sector. When an ISO audit was due, my line manager was on holiday. Instead of delaying the audit, the Directors trusted me to lead the audit and this was a success. It was good to know the directors had trust in me.

Have you got any advice for school leavers?

Explore your options. If you feel an apprenticeship is right for you, do some research regarding which industry you want to work in, then look at the sort of role you are interested in and take it from there.

Joe Martin, Group Compliance and Risk Officer at Chartrange says:

“Toby consistently demonstrates his competence on a daily basis. He is always reliable in the standard of work that he produces, and always has a smile on his face. He clearly enjoys his job and he maintains a positive work ethic irrespective of the task he has been asked to do”. 

Toby’s Damar trainer, Debbie Barker is thrilled to comment:

“Toby never ceases to impress with his professionalism and ‘can do’ attitude.  The level of tasks and responsibilities that he has taken on and succeeded with is impressive and certainly exceeds expectations. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

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