I am no Teaboy, Oliver Lucy-Smith, 7 July

Oliver Lucy-Smith

Jul 7 2017

Tea cup

The most common stereotype for an apprentice is gross initiations and being the designated tea maker. But don’t fret, I haven’t had any kind of initiation (sorry if that’s the sort of thing you like) and haven’t even been near the kettle since I’ve been here; even if my colleagues wouldn’t object to me making a tea every now and again.

There has definitely been a lot to take in during my first few months here and trying to balance my work for the Highways Operation Centre and my coursework for my Level 2 Business Administration can be, interesting? That’s the word I’ll go with. I only say this due to my classic student habit of leaving all my work until the last minute, but it’s not like they’re asking for too much, it’s just I’m still trying to perfect a system that will help me manage my work better!

But it’s not all office work and coursework, since getting myself out of the grips of part-time evening work at a supermarket, I have a new found love for not working on weekends or evenings! Not only do I now get to have some sort of social life, I find I am gradually starting to use my spare time more productively which, I hope, I will make more of a habit of.

Ever since I started work when I was 16, I have been interested in career development and progressing in the company I work for so I can take on more advanced roles with more responsibility. That might sound boring but I have an interest in these sorts of things. I would say my greatest motivation since starting my apprenticeship with the Council, is that I have found there is encouragement for apprentices to progress and move up within the organisation. I guess that makes sense, if the Council pay for you to be trained while providing you with a job, they will probably want to get the most out of it and have an incentive to move you up within the organisation. This may not be for everyone but for me I believe it’s a good opportunity to have available to you and encourages me to work here.

Something my manager made very clear from the start of my apprenticeship, was that I wasn’t going to be treated any differently to any member of staff and they hired me because they believe I can carry out the same tasks as those around me. I found this quite reassuring as the jokes I get from friends and family about being the ‘teaboy’ is not true in anyway; I don’t even like tea.

I now have more motivation for getting up at stupid o’clock every morning and one day I might have a bigger role within the Council; then who knows, I might have to start making the tea for people!