Why did you apply to become an apprentice?
I applied because I was just too excited to start work but I also didn’t want to stop learning or completing qualifications. I figured an apprenticeship would be the best option for me as it allowed me to do both. Before applying I was studying business, economics, law and English lit at college and worked a part time job in Barry Island. I’ve always enjoyed business studies and so the apprenticeship at Companies House really appealed to me.
What’s the best thing you’ve worked on since joining the organisation?
I started my apprenticeship in February, joining the digital services directorate to work within the communications and outreach teams. I’ve already had the opportunity to work on a number of different projects and helped to run events across the UK. This was a big learning curve for me and although I was a bit apprehensive at first, I soon found myself talking to customers and, with guidance from my colleagues, answering their questions. Over the last few months I’ve been working with the graphic design team on what has definitely been my favourite project: form design. Learning new skills with software like Adobe InDesign has meant I’ve been able to create and amend forms relating to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act. It was a really good feeling to see the forms I’ve worked on go live on our website.
Have you made friends with other apprentices on the scheme?
Yes, lots of them. I get on really well with all of the apprentices and although we’re all based in different departments across Companies House, we often meet up for lunch. We also get to work on joint projects together which is good fun. I feel I’ve made some really good friends.
What projects have you worked on with them?
We’re currently working on two. One is about organising a charity event for the homeless, which is a really worthwhile cause. The other project relates to efficiencies in the workplace, looking at what changes we could implement to better Companies House in some way. We’ve also created a short video (above) showing what it’s like to work in digital services at Companies House, which will hopefully encourage other people to apply for future opportunities.
What would your ideal job be five years from now?
In five years my ideal job would be managerial. Hopefully I’ll have gained a lot of experience from this apprenticeship and will be able to use that to my advantage. I hope to remain working in the public sector and really like the variety of work within digital services but I’m still young and open to ideas.
What are the main benefits of working for Companies House?
There really are loads of benefits to working at Companies House, which include great training and development opportunities, a staff discount scheme, cheap gym membership, social clubs, and much more. It’s a great environment to work in, bright, modern and I enjoy the freedom of working flexibly.
Would you recommend Companies House to anyone thinking of joining the apprentice scheme?
Yes, I already have. It’s the best academic opportunity I’ve ever come across and would wish anyone the same opportunity.