Shrewsbury College apprentice enjoying experience with local company

Read what Shrewsbury College Apprentice, Ryan Powell, had to say about his first month working at search and display agency, Croud. ( )

"I started my apprenticeship at Croud 4 weeks ago. Before that I spent the last two years studying education at University with the intent of becoming a teacher. After a change in circumstances, and lengthy discussions with parents and friends, I decided I wanted a change to something totally different. I wanted a career! I logged in on the very accessible apprenticeships website and created my profile.

Scrolling through the never-ending list, Croud jumped out at me. After looking at Croud’s website, I instantly wanted the role. It seemed a great opportunity to join a very exciting and ever growing company that is operating in an emerging worldwide market. After researching the company, I went for it and applied, one of the application questions was just as extraordinary and surprising as the company. After two interviews I was lucky enough to get the apprenticeship position, which includes studying for a Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration.

On my first day, I felt like the 11 year old kid I once was many moons ago. It felt like I was going to secondary school again. I was worrying from the way I was dressed to what I had in my sandwiches, as I wanted to fit in. Ham or Cheese and pickle? I was stressing as I just wanted to ‘’gain acceptance’’ as “first impressions really do count” as my Dad told me the night before. So early on the Tuesday morning, I got dropped off outside the gates (exactly like school). I waved goodbye to my girlfriend and in I went. I pressed the buzzer and waited for a reply… It came and I replied stating who I was and that I was meeting Emma for my induction. I sounded like a little child.

I walked up the stairs and was greeted by Jon Ditchburn (Ditch). All my fears were quickly forgotten as I met the most welcoming and friendly team of people. Another newbie and I were shown around the warm and welcoming office where everyone was introduced to us. During the first week, we undertook a training path in which we learnt about what Croud is and what we would be learning and working towards. I knew instantly that this was going to be the perfect place to develop my skills. I instantly found Croud to be very professional, ambitious and passionate about what they wanted to achieve for clients. It is the atmosphere that makes me look forward to coming in and working everyday. Since the first week, we have continued with certain training tasks but are being introduced more and more to the Croudie network and Croud clients.

My line manager, Emma Davies, has been nothing short of fantastic. She is very passionate about what she does and wants to develop the company to the highest standard in terms of developing the skills and training that every team member receives. Since I started, she has been accessible at all times, very fun to work with and very professional. She’s helped me develop already in the four weeks I have been here and I cannot wait to work with her more in the future to help unlock the potential that this company has.

After working at Croud as an apprentice for only four weeks I already believe I have learnt many transferable skills from simple tasks such as adhoc duties to more role specific tasks such as Search Query Reports (SQRs) and Build Outs. I still believe becoming an apprentice was the best thing for me and my future. I am beginning to feel more grown up as I take on more responsibilities, even though I am supervised. Everyone treats me and the rest of the team with respect. What I love about being an apprentice is that it’s hands on experience which can really add value to my career and hopefully, if I work hard enough, the possibilities of a full time role.

I urge anyone who is not sure on what they want to do when they leave college or school to get an apprenticeship as, by working in an industry, you quickly find out whether it is for you or not. Croud is a great company to work for and I am sure there are not many other search agencies that offer such thorough training and development to apprentices and graduates. I cannot put my chubby finger on it, but there is a sense of something special happening here, I just want to develop my skills, ride the wave and work hard!"

For more information about doing an Apprenticeship through Shrewsbury College or you are an employer considering hiring an apprentice, please click here or call 01743 34232 alternatively you can come along to our advice evening on Thursday, 15 January, 5 - 7pm. 

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