Ross Damen

I chose to become an apprentice because this allowed me to gain experience in a working environment as well as receiving training throughout the course duration.  I also thought that the Business Administration course and IT training at Andover College would give me a good understanding of topics that can be used during my work hours.

I ensure that I allow myself enough time to complete my college work so that I am up-to-date and on track to complete my course before the end of my Apprenticeship.  I fit my college work around my work hours so that I can understand the processes in place and ask any questions that need addressing.

I am particularly proud of passing my six month probation review and was shortlisted for the Apprentice of the Year within the company.  I am looking to continue with my current employer to understand my role in greater detail.

I would definitely recommend an Apprenticeship because it allows you to gain qualifications and experience in a working environment and training in the workplace.  It is also giving me the skills to stand out within the employment market.


James Child

Senior Estimator, Lakehouse Contracts

Lakehouse as a company actively recruits apprentices, with a significant number currently employed across the company.  Most of these have been based in our Head Office in Romford but this has in time expanded to our regional offices as well.  The recruitment of an apprentice is a way of bringing in young and enthusiastic staff to the existing team with no preconceptions of the workplace or the industry in general.  The idea is that an apprentice wants the role in order to learn and develop.

Having an apprentice has benefited the business by making me as a manager think about exactly what it is I do and why – training an apprentice helps identify inefficiencies in processes as well as bringing in youthful enthusiasm too.

Ross has grown in confidence and has shown great initiative in solving problems himself rather than relying on asking for help, which is impressive.

Look past the youth and inexperience and you will unearth a gem.  For me it was finding someone with the enthusiasm to work hard and show interest. The rewards of finding a good apprentice are worth reaping and I would definitely recommend employing an apprentice. They grow and learn with you so can become truly great if given the opportunity.