Luke made the right call when he opted for an Apprenticeship at Vodafone UK Ltd, despite having secured a place at university.
Name: Luke Willett
Year of apprenticeship: 2013
Employer: Vodafone Ltd
Sector / Framework: Telecoms / IT delivery
At the age of 18, Luke Willett began to question whether he really wanted to subject himself to “seven years of study with little money and the prospect of no immediate employment” as he puts it, so he decided that an Apprenticeship was a better option than university.
“Since making that decision, I have not looked back,” he says.
“Over the last two years I have changed as a person, maturing and developing as well as realising what I really wanted in life and my career -something that Vodafone and thepeople involved with my Apprenticeship have helped me achieve.”
Higher apprentice Luke is currently on secondment in the property team, working on Vodafone’s largest property refurbishment project for 15 years with a £4m budget.
He has also worked in IT delivery, and is organising and running a charity auction as part of the technology’s teams summer festival as well as mentoring some of the newest intake of apprentices.
Luke quickly realised that personal development was equally important to the acquisition of technical knowledge and that taking advantage of the training that was offered to him would benefit him greatly not just in his Apprenticeship, but throughout the rest of his career.
“Through achieving ‘personal learning and thinking skills’ I havebeen able to progressmy communication, problem solving and team working amongst other skill sets which have been critical to my performance as an apprentice,” he says.
“I have begun building the foundations of my professional career by achieving additional skills whilst improving my leadership skills through mentoring new Apprentices.”
“Over the last two years, my opinions, thoughts and beliefs on Apprenticeships have changed dramatically,” says Luke. “Once a typical student set on university life, I am now a well-rounded, trained and enthusiastic apprentice.”
“From having a naïve take on the professional world, where I believed going to university would automatically grant me a job, I have since developed and experienced two years in a worldwide corporate organisation where I now know only hard-work, experience and the right skill set can guarantee success.”
“I am now a forward-thinking, challenging and valued employee of my organisation and I have added as many strings to my bow as possible during my Apprenticeship. I have been proactive in my own growth, improving on my communications, negotiation and organisation skills and gaining key skills which will allow me to grow as professional individual.”