Apprenticeships are often used to help launch a career, but they are not just for people leaving education and looking to work while learning. Apprenticeships are also a great way to help further a career.
George Austin, Asset Compliance Manager, based at Gist’s Head Office in Basingstoke, explains why he enrolled in Gist’s internal development apprenticeship programme, LEAD.
Why did you chose to complete the LEAD apprenticeship with Gist?
I really wanted to take my next career step within Gist, which would be first line management, and to develop managerial skills. I started in the Fleet Compliance team and with my personality and skills I was naturally becoming a senior member of the team.
Due to management changes in my department, I saw an opportunity to develop a role for entry level first line managers. The role is a perfect example of why we need the LEAD programme, as the role requires managerial skills, something the apprenticeship programme aims to develop.
I discussed my proposal with Gist’s People Development Manager and the Head of Transport and explained how we could move this forward and embed this development role into Gist to open the door for those first line managers.
What new skills/knowledge did you gain through the apprenticeship?
I learned that there isn’t just one management style, people work differently and the approach to them or teams needs to be assessed. My understanding of different learning styles really then allowed me to adapt quickly to support my team.
How do you think the LEAD programme has helped your future career goals?
It’s allowed me to gain experience in different areas of work including projects and new system roll outs, but still supporting my team at the same time. The team are aware they don’t need micro managing with the management style I have for the department.
What would you say to anyone looking to join an apprenticeship?
Go, Go, Go! It’s something that’s new but allows you to learn on the job. I love working where I am and in this area of work, an apprenticeships allows you embrace new learnings while at the same time loving what you do. Be mindful that you should always log and keep a diary of everything you do as this always helps build a strong portfolio for when someone asks.