Grace provides us with an insight into her first month as a Hellmann Apprentice…
“Before starting at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics I was at sixth form. I was half way through year 12 and I was not enjoying it, in fact, I hated I hated every moment. I found sixth form unbearable and would dread going in every morning which was very unusual for me. From that moment onwards, I knew that I had to look at different options to make myself happy and avoid wasting any more time!
My mum had arranged for me and her to go and visit the NEC where they had a road show on for all the apprenticeships because I thought that an apprenticeship was going to be best for me as I enjoyed just going straight into a working environment and earning my own money after having a little part-time job. It was at this event that I found out about Hellmann.
The factors that made me apply for a Hellmann Apprenticeship was the fact that all the information that was given to me on the day of the event was so useful and just really appealed to me, also they had various different choices of apprenticeships all at this one company. I really liked the fact that it was a family run business and still is. Already meeting some of the team at the event I really felt welcomed before I had even considered it and on the plus side, I won the competition for an iPad Mini! Naturally, this made my decision to apply even easier.
I started on the 5thSeptember and it was fairly nerve racking because I really didn’t know what to expect and all of my other friends were now back at sixth form. However, my dad dropped me in and I was greeted by the receptionist who was chatty and friendly, which made me feel more relaxed. My manager came to meet me and welcomed me back after my assessment day. He took me through to the office and showed me to my desk where I had everything waiting for me and then introduced me to the team. The team again were friendly and warm towards me, we all got on straight away and not once did I feel awkward or left out. I got on with my new job straight away, with a lot of support and guidance on how to do certain things; I picked them up straight away. As a newbie I was constantly asking question upon questions, thinking I was being annoying but I was always reassured that if I don’t know something, I must ask. Every question got asked without a huff or a puff.
The support I have received from my manager has been good, he always checks up on me to see how I am doing and is very relaxed with me. He has a laugh to make me feel more relaxed. Also, the senior manager has been a great help when Karl, my manager is out. I have received a great amount of support and I am enjoying it a lot more than I would have thought! Also, my other colleagues who work alongside me are always happy to help me out.
A typical day at Hellmann after my first month would be making sure that everything is up -to-date with one of their biggest customers. Afterwards, I will then check and reply to all of my emails and send necessary replies back, I will then complete any other jobs that the staff give me until I have my own customers. I am always busy and doing things but it is so much fun and really interesting. I get an hour break and for a long day, that’s honestly enough for me!
I have learnt so far that logistics is a major part of the world and businesses need it very much. There is always a job going in the freight world and I have learnt how important it is for everything to be organised and planned correctly. I have also seen that it is very easy to make mistakes and sometimes things do go wrong. The effects of which are much more significant than I would have thought.
The transition from sixth form to Hellmann wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be, in fact, I have adjusted very well. Don’t get me wrong, I was a little more tired than normal but that caused me to sleep more which wasn’t a problem at all. I feel more refreshed and feel like I am going somewhere in life now and I am striving forward. I love earning money with it and doing something I enjoy that I had never considered before.”