This week is National Apprenticeship Week, which celebrates apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy. The theme this year is ‘Build the Future’ and this is certainly the case for our apprentices at Landmarc.  

We have 36 people in total who are enrolled on apprenticeship programmes across the business, studying a wide range of subjects including Facilities Management, Team Leading, Project Management, Operations Management and many more.

Throughout the week we will be featuring a series of apprentices who are all at different stages of their qualifications, kicking off with Katie Whitworth, Team Leader, at Beckingham who recently enrolled on a Level 3 Team Leading Apprenticeship. Here, Katie tells us more about the early stages of her apprenticeship.

“I’ve worked for Landmarc for two years and first started as a Training Area Operative working on the training areas and ranges before I received my promotion and moved into my current role as a team leader.

“So far I’m finding the structure of the course different to any formal learning I’ve completed previously. By attending online workshops with small groups who are studying the same topics as myself, it’s a great opportunity to learn from others as to how they manage and lead their teams. It also gives us all a platform to discuss any issues we may be experiencing and an opportunity to learn from other people’s skills.

“I’m starting my apprenticeship learning about the different leadership styles and how to coach and support people. Understanding numerous approaches and techniques for effective leadership will help to improve both my own performance and that of my team, as well as helping me to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses as a team leader. This will enable me to achieve my goals for where I would like to be in 10 months’ time, which is when I’m looking to complete my apprenticeship.

“The biggest challenge I’m finding with my apprenticeship at the moment is that it’s been a long time since I have carried out any kind of formal learning or studies. So I’m forcing my brain back into study mode again. However, I’m finding that setting times to work on my apprenticeship is helping me to keep on track.

“The course will be very valuable, not only for my role currently, but it will provide me with a good foundation and knowledge to help me progress further into leadership and management roles in the future.

“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship, it’s for anyone at any age! You learn and gain a formal qualification whilst developing your knowledge, skills and experience alongside working on the job.”

View our quick guide to apprenticeships at Landmarc here.