National Apprenticeship Week 2018

Craig Foreman - Auction Assistant 


I’m 19, I’m an absolute tech head and love computers but some of my interests are a little more creative than that. My main interests are listening to and creating all types of music. I’m also interested in the art and design of everything from simple products to buildings and architecture.

Academically, I had a talent for mathematics, particularly practical and real world applied maths. This passion, mixed with my creative side, makes me a good problem solver and hopefully useful to have as a team member.

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 Craig Foreman

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

These days it can be hard for young people such as me to get jobs, even if they have the qualifications. Most jobs get a lot of applicants, and even with a good CV, I found it difficult to get interviews. Most employers want experience over grades, and that’s where the apprenticeship scheme comes in.

Apprenticeships answer the prayers of many young people because they’re not looking for experience, so there’s more chance of being invited for interview and getting the job if it goes well!

Why did you choose Business Admin?

I’m quite good with computers, maths and general communication so it just added up. I’m not put off by the traditional idea of a ‘boring office job’ as I’ve come to realise that you can still have fun while you’re getting the job done.

Overall admin seemed like a nice well rounded subject to choose, leaving me with plenty of opportunities for my bright future, and it felt like the stepping stone I needed to reach my potential.

What’s the best thing about your apprenticeship?

Some people think apprentices just make tea or are treated as bottom of the food chain, but I would like to think I’ve made lasting ties and have become quite respected as a hard worker.

The sense of satisfaction of being wanted and valued is the best thing about my apprenticeship but there is also the confidence in my future it provides. This confidence has helped me change my perspective, and achieve a lot at work and at home. In conclusion the best thing about my apprenticeship is my future and my restored faith in it.

Any downsides?

Nothing’s perfect, but to be honest there is very little wrong with my apprenticeship. Of course there are still Monday mornings and bad days, but the days would be worse with no money and nothing to do.

For many, the money is an issue, and I can’t deny that it can be a struggle to make ends meet, which can be frustrating when you’re working hard to show your talent and potential. With this apprenticeship my employer, like a handful of others, offers me a good wage that’s higher than the minimum, which I push myself to live up to.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

Go for it but don’t be desperate - I tried another apprenticeship before this one but I didn’t feel valued by the company.

There are employers out there that pay what you’re worth and treat you as an individual so take the time to find one of them. It is a great way to start a career, not just another job, and also a great way to build bridges for your future and make long lasting connections. It’s definitely the best choice I’ve ever made and I’d never go back.