Apprentice of the Month - September 2016

Written on: 21 October 2016

Written by: Amanda McCombie


[apprentice of the month]

Congratulations to Rebecca Carins  from Always Wear Red for her outstanding work ethic and great work so far. She will be receiving £50 in high street vouchers. Well done! :)

"Rebecca displays an endlessly willing and upbeat approach and attitude to work and new challenges, great consistency, immense potential displayed in multiple areas, great loyalty and over-delivery plus the personal pride, focus, professionalism and attention to detail that bodes well for a management position for Rebecca in the future.

Rebecca’s role after just four months straddles copywriting, statistical research and analysis, client interfacing, professional copywriting, presenting to individuals and groups, PA to the MD, report writing, event management, keeping the office looking good and displaying a genuine desire to absorb what we and our expanding client base want to achieve as organisations.

Pleasant in the day-to-day, always presentable and great to be around – Rebecca can be trusted to communicate with key clients both verbally and in writing. She is organised, structured in her approaches to delivering tasks and goes over and above if something she is doing takes longer and/or is harder than she first anticipated. She has the tenacity to see all tasks through to completion.

Such is our faith in Rebecca that we propose to build at least part of our team around her if she continues to develop and show the same dedication and care in the future. This will involve Rebecca moving into another new and important work area, that of managing other people.

If things progress as they are now, and we have no reason to think that they will not, what started as an apprenticeship will turn into a pivotal, senior business role and a permanent well paid role for Rebecca in the coming months and years."

- Michael Owen (MD & Founder at Always Wear Red)

We also want to say a big thank you to everyone that nominated. Please see below for the other amazing nominations.

We are a technology company building web based applications to help businesses manage their internal business processes and customers. We’ve recently been looking at making a mobile application. This is where Jack has shined! Jack has been leading the mobile effort, he has designed the interface of the application and solving problems as he learns how to use the software all of which is new to Jack.

Jack has demonstrated great determination, problem solving skills and self-learning along the way. This week we have released an internal mobile application to our engineers using Android phones (Apple due next week) which will change how they work. We have had multiple planning meetings, each time Jack has been very focused and eager to offer his own ideas to the group.

The mobile app allows to raise support tickets on our CRM system and to record site visits information with our customers.

Jack has been a key person in making this happen. Jack has planned how the app will look and work, learnt the infrastructure and contacted both Android and Apple to seeks help / acquire licenses in order to publish the app.

I feel Jack has performed incredibly well as a colleague and an apprentice. It would be fantastic for his efforts to be recognized.

Since joining The One Point Jack has grown week on week. He's now got a good working knowledge of the software used for mobile applications as well as a good understanding of integrating it with our in house CRM. Also using RESTful API's for database interactions.

Media Molecule is a AAA games studio responsible for producing creative and critically acclaimed titles such as Little Big Planet 1 & 2, and Tearaway.

Due to the nature of our business, the IT team needs to be reactive and adaptable to quickly changing conditions in order to fully support the studio.

Since Selina joined us in April 2016, she has completely adopted this mantra and has embraced every task and issue with enthusiasm, a calm head, and with a keen insight on the urgency of each task. She’s been keen to work outside out of hours, and on weekends to help with office moves and other maintenance projects, which has been extremely helpful.

Along with day to day tasks, Selina has been the key member responsible for two major projects with us so far; a hardware refresh of our desktop PCs; which involved building bespoke PCs, creating and deploying system images using a KACE system, then liaising with staff to migrate user data. Secondly, she has been updating and creating IT technical documentation to reflect our IT processes and methods, including the recent hardware refresh process.

Selina joining us has helped our team on a practical level but also on social level, she is a confident and fun individual who can happily talk with any member of staff and present a professional and friendly face to the team. All of her course modules have been successfully completed to a very high standard and she will continue to succeed at these and within our studio if she maintains her enthusiasm for IT.

Ben has been an activate Apprentice for the past year and is about to begin his Level 4 to continue this Apprentice role.

He is hard working, reliable, dedicated to getting it right and has the most amazing customer service skills for someone his age. Ben came to us straight from school, and it was clear from speaking to him that he understood how to work with people. He has a lovely attitude, and very quickly makes people feel relaxed when they ask him for IT support. He builds relationships with them and is always willing to help them get their issue fixed.

Ben doesn't have the easiest of home lives (where he has a lot of responsibility looking after his brother), and he has recently moved house. But he never lets this affect his work life, and is always on time, well-presented and happy to get straight to work.

He works in a school, and conducts himself in such a way that we are very proud to have him representing GB3. He has had some fantastic feedback from the Head teacher recently who was glowing about the work and attitude that Ben has around the school dealing with teachers and pupils.

He is the standard of Apprentice that we hope all of our apprentice’s reach at some point over their employment with GB3.

We would love to give him the recognition he deserves (which he will hate! :) as he doesn't like being in the lime light)

Aaron has only been with us since 5 September 2016 but the impact he has had in such a short space of time has been phenomenal.

Working in a primary school, in any role, can be extremely diverse.  Each day can bring about new challenges and the prospect of overcoming issues than you've never had to deal with previously.  Aaron has not let this phase him in the slightest.  He can seamlessly move from fixing ipads that have been broken for months, to tweeting the latest activity of the Year 1 class, to, well, you name it.  Every task he undertakes, he does with a willingness that is hard to find in young people these days.  He has a smile and kind, friendly word for everyone; adults and children alike.

Aaron fitted the profile of the apprentice we were looking for, and then some!  We would be truly lost without him.  Just today, he is helping on a school visit to Liverpool Museum, we know we can rely on him to be an enthusiastic member of the staff team and a positive role model for our children.

I can't imagine our school without Aaron in it.

I would like to nominate our apprentice, Ben McWilliams, for apprentice of the month. He currently works for me here at JUXDIT, Liverpool.

He is an absolutely outstanding member of staff, who is mature, proactive and a pleasure to be around. He's been with the team now since last October and has learned a great deal and has become and irreplaceable member of the team.

We are going through an incredibly pivotal time here at JUXDIT and without Ben's eagerness, great work ethic and positive attitude, it genuinely wouldn't have been possible. He has gone above and beyond and is a joy to be around even when times are stressful in the office.

He is an incredible employee that not only thrives on his course, but also shares his knowledge with the team, providing knowledge and support to senior members of staff much older than him. He's a great asset to our team who really deserves some extra recognition.


If you would like to be put forward for Apprentice of the Month simply ask your line manager/mentor to send the following across to

  • Name of Nomination
  • Date
  • Company name
  • Reason for nomination

The winning nomination will be posted on our website. The deadline for submissions is the 31st of October.

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