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I have worked in a number of roles within the company, including working for the business development, administration and property management departments. This has given me a great opportunity to see various aspects of the business and develop my understanding of how the company operates as a whole. I enjoy the variety of tasks I am given. I am now a Shared Ownership Consultant and help deal with property applications and taking on new properties.
Apprenticeships – where you can learn and earn
There are many complaints about Generation Y – those born after 1980 – about their difficulties in finding employment despite a CV as long as their arm and qualified to their eyeballs. The truth of the matter is that however qualified on paper someone is, their ability to have a conversation, to interact with people and their outlook will often outweigh the qualifications.
Unless you’re walking into your family run business, it’s always been hard to get a job. You have to get out there and meet people, communication and genuine hard work do pay off, together with a bit of luck at the right time.
It’s regularly said that you make a first impression once, we take a staggeringly tiny three seconds to evaluate someone – how they present and hold themselves, whether they are able to shake your hand confidently, look you in the eye and smile – will make all the difference.
Youth unemployment is high – according to recent figures nearly 17% of 16-24 year olds are currently jobless. Employers will always look for highly qualified applicants, but above all, also need the personal skills that mean applicants can interact and communicate successfully.
I wonder how coincidental it is that whilst exam results have soared, 66% of us believe that manners appear to be in steep decline – a fact that was recorded by the Government’s recent state-of-the-nation survey. The report went on to say that “the traditional 21-year cycle of learning and preparation for the world of work is not quite preparing people for the reality of life in modern organisations – resulting in lower productivity for business and frustrating starts for young people.”
This is where apprenticeships come in, young people are given a chance with organisations who take part in the scheme. They provide a job and training, giving the employee chance to learn and the employer chance to help the next generation.
Goodfellows currently has three apprentices, aged between 19 and 22. Speaking to them all, it was clear that they are enjoying their roles and feedback from their line managers is also as encouraging.
It’s good for Goodfellows too – employing young keen people, who are able to be trained in the way of the company; they can see different aspects of the business and find a role that they can grow in and develop personally. If you would like to find out more, then visit the vacancies page on the website.