Aaron Bailey, Team Manager
Level 2 Team Leading
Why did you choose an Apprenticeship?
One day my manager told me about the opportunity to be a part of the pilot for apprenticeships at the East of England Co-op. He believed it fitted where I was in the business and where I wanted to be in the future.
I chose the apprenticeship because it was put forward to me as an opportunity to progress my career with the Co-op whilst gaining a qualification at the same time. I also saw it as an opportunity to prove I have what it takes to one day be in the managers shoes, allowing me to give someone else the opportunities that have been given to me.
How does your Apprenticeship meet your expectations?
The practical side of the apprenticeship has been amazing. I've had the opportunity to experience every aspect of the team manager role. It was great to learn the role on the job. Doing it through the apprenticeship took away the initial pressure allowing me to improve and gain confidence in my role. The academic side of things has you working outside of the shop floor, asking you to have more of an overarching perspective of the business.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing an Apprenticeship?
It is a great way of building confidence. Where I am now compared, to where I was walking into the store for a Customer Service Assistant interview a year ago, is amazing. Take the opportunity if it is there. Work hard, take the qualification and move yourself forward. It gives you the chance to improve yourself. If you haven't done so well in the past in school for example, you are able to improve your qualifications through the apprenticeship.
It allows you to gain an insight into the business and what it is like to work in that job role allowing you to see if it fits what you are looking for the future.
What one piece of advice would you give another Apprentice?
Get the work done as soon as you get it, so it's still fresh in your head.
What are your future plans?
To carry on working my way up the ladder.