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Logistics apprentice

The best thing about this apprenticeship for me is that it’s a foot in the door, with progression as a real possibility. You can come in as an apprentice here and talk to people who were apprentices themselves years ago, and they’re really high up the organisation now. The CEO is very supportive of the apprenticeship programme too. It means you feel like people want you to progress, and they want to be able to give you a job at the end of it.

Even on the assessment day, you felt like people wanted you to succeed. You went along and people did their best to put you at ease. You’re there for the day, and at lunchtime, a current apprentice came to talk to us, to answer our questions and make sure we didn’t feel too daunted. They want to get to know you as a person, really.

The best thing about this apprenticeship for me is that it’s a foot in the door, with progression as a real possibility.

Your people skills are quite an important aspect of the assessment centre, actually. There’s a group task where you’re in a room with a lot of other applicants, and the point is really just to see how you interact together; how you work with others as part of a big discussion.

Once you get inside the organisation, it’s really important that you have those people skills. You’ll work quite closely with a lot of teams – people like Project Managers, for example. If they’ve got a project to send a large order of goods out to an embassy overseas, it’s our team who’ll pack everything and scan it all for security before it’s sent out. So, you have to work well with colleagues across the organisation, understanding their needs.

You know that something you’ve packed and sent out will become part of important government work, somewhere in the world.

Plus, when you all pull together, you get this real sense of satisfaction of a job well done. You know that something you’ve packed and sent out will become part of important government work, somewhere in the world. In one day, I could send something to 15 different countries, and each of those deliveries arriving safely and on time will be central to a project’s success.