Post Programme Perspective

March 8, 2018

What were the best things about being a Virgin Media apprentice?

The Virgin Media apprenticeship scheme gives you an opportunity to dive straight into a working role within a pioneering telecommunications company. As a procurement apprentice I experienced and worked with fantastic people across different departments. I wasn’t expected to know everything about everything. Combine this feeling with an incredibly supportive team and you quickly feel comfortable asking stacks of questions.

What’s been your biggest achievement?

Whilst I have achieved many things during my apprenticeship, I believe my biggest achievement was presenting to Paul Van Der Sanden during our quarterly Procurement team meeting last year. This is something which to begin would have been overwhelming, however using the skills and confidence I obtained throughout my apprenticeship the task was far more manageable and somewhat enjoyable.

What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

I have had many enjoyable experiences throughout my apprenticeship so I will list a few…

  • Working for my managers Karla Wade and Martin Simper who have both been amazingly supportive and patient throughout my time at Virgin Media.
  • Working and developing alongside my fellow procurement apprentices Alice Hall and Dean Rogers.
  • Developing an understanding of the Virgin Media organisation and the roles different departments play
  • Getting to see new products/technologies being incorporated into customer homes and playing a part in procuring these items.

What did you find beneficial about being on the scheme?

The most beneficial part of my apprenticeship has been working towards my CIPS qualifications whilst being financially independent. It’s a great feeling learning and developing and knowing you’re being paid also!

What are your next steps?

Having completed my apprenticeship I have been given the opportunity to continue working within the procurement team. Whilst working in my new role I aim to become fully charted in the Institute of Purchasing and Supply and further develop my procurement understanding and effectiveness within the team.

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