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NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK – MEET THE TEAM – DAN BLUNN, FACILITIES ADMINISTRATION APPRENTICE

8 March 2019

We’re proud of all our team who choose to start their careers with us. During the U.K.’s National Apprenticeship Week we meet our apprentice Dan, who is blazing his own trail and bringing significant value to our business!

Hi Dan, who or what inspired you to become an apprentice?

Hey! After completing three years of my college course I realised that this path wasn’t really for me, so after a period of working at a few bars, I knew that I wanted to begin to study towards a qualification whilst also being in work.

I was inspired by a friend who was doing an apprenticeship and after seeing how they had a consistent routine and were never working unsociable hours, unlike myself, I was inspired and so started to research apprenticeships in my area.

Describe a typical day in your role as a Facilities Administration Apprentice at SAIC Motor UK:

As a member of an exclusive, tight-knitted facilities team, there is always plenty to do both at the desk and on my feet! The start of the day largely consists of getting up to date with current affairs such as emails and reviewing any facility requests. After getting organised and prioritised, I begin to gradually work through my jobs list for the day. This is usually pretty varied as within facilities there are always new jobs that arise which may demand my immediate attention. This means you are kept on your toes as you can’t be sure if you’re going to finish a task or engage in a new, more urgent one, keeping the day exciting and refreshing.

What do you enjoy most about your role, and why?

I enjoy the independence and being treated more like an employee than an apprentice. I enjoy working on my own and being given the freedom to complete a task under my own initiative, with the understanding that help is always available if I need it.

I also enjoy the scope of the role as it demands that I get involved in a wide range of tasks, in a day I could be working on raising requests to pay invoices, completing some DIY on site, helping to organise our conference centre for an event or supporting our onsite security team. I’m always learning new things and developing my experience and knowledge in a practical working environment.

The hours are more sociable, but most importantly for me, they are consistent and allow me to build a life around my apprenticeship and make plans throughout my week, giving me a good work-life balance.

What advice would you give to other people considering an apprenticeship as a route?

If you are struggling in college or sixth form, or not certain that university is for you, don’t rule out the idea of an apprenticeship just because you think it’s not as good as those. That was my initial perception of apprenticeships but being where I am now, I couldn’t have been more wrong! I’m employed in a successful company, gaining practical experience as well as earning a wage, which is more than some friends I have who have graduated from university. It’s important to remember that going to university isn’t everything and you can still have a successful life and career without having a degree!

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