It’s National Apprenticeship Week, time to shine a light on the amazing work being done by apprentices across the country. This year like no other, hundreds of apprentices have stepped up and supported their colleagues and communities during the pandemic.
Relevantly, one of the hashtags for this year’s campaign is #BuildTheFuture. No one knows now what the future will bring, but a skilled and happy workforce will play a vital role in helping businesses to recover and thrive.
Let us take this opportunity to talk about apprenticeships and how they help #BuildTheFuture!
Our Sister Organisation SFJ Awards is sharing stories this week of apprentices within the justice sector, talking about their journey, experiences and plans for the future. Today’s highlight is on Marta Blizniuk and James Rattenbury both working for the Ministry of Justice, a member organisation of Skills for Justice.
Marta said: “The personal development has been amazing, in the last year I have learnt more than I think I have in the last 10 years, and I finally feel like I am doing something important. I feel I am doing something that really matters.”
She adds: “I hope to keep developing, becoming the best officer I can be, and of course getting my diploma level 3.”
James is involved with the Custodial Apprentice with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and is now an Officer with the organisation. James also works for Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service, at HMP Leeds.
James comments: “The best part so far (as I still have 3 months left to complete) would be the fact I feel valued and enabled to do the job role by my employer. Once I have passed the apprenticeship, this will enable me to further progress within the prison service and develop my career with the Ministry of Justice”.
He adds: “My best advice would be to be confident in your ability and don’t worry about asking for help or support when you need it from your peers, your coach or your employer.”
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