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Stace Welcomes Our Apprentices

21 February 2013

Stace are participating in the National Apprenticeship Scheme with three apprentices from Hertford Regional College. In doing so, we are making a commitment to employ the apprentice for the duration of their Apprenticeship framework and supporting them on their chosen college course, whilst providing guidance for their future career.

We are extremely proud to have Amy McVey and Ezekiel Erinoso in the London office, and Christian Sheen in Epping.

We caught up with all three of them this week to hear about how they are getting on at Stace and find out some more about what they have discovered about the working world, the construction industry, and Stace since joining.

  •  Ezekiel Erinoso, NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration. Joined Stace in December 2012
  • Amy McVey, NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration. Joined Stace in January 2013
  • Christian Sheen, NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration. Joined Stace in September 2012

 

  • What is your role at Stace and what does it entail?

E: My role at Stace is an Administrator. The role entails preparing and modifying documents including correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, submissions, populating schedules and trackers. The role also involves document control on projects, download/print drawings for review, as well as general administrative duties which such as organising travel arrangements, photocopying, scanning, and filing.

A: My role as a Receptionist involves answering phones, greeting guests, setting up and booking meeting rooms, booking train tickets, typing up documents, and sorting mail. I also have to know who everyone is and try to know where they are (on-site, in which office or on annual leave) so I know what to say when people ring up for them.

C: My job role at Stace is an Administrative Assistant. It mainly entails of assisting with most aspects of administrative management and performing multifaceted general office support.

  • How did you learn about Stace offering apprenticeships?

E: I learned about Stace offering this fantastic apprenticeship on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

A: I discovered the opportunity through Hertford Regional College and the apprenticeship website.

C: I learnt about Stace from the Apprenticeship Government website.

  • How do you feel that doing the placement has helped you with your course?

E: I feel that the placement had helped me gain new skills which are imperative to the success of my course.

A: It has given me much more confidence and has taught me a lot about the receptionist role. I definitely feel I would not have learned as much if my course was only college based.

C: It has helped me greatly as it has given me inside knowledge of how an office/business environment works, which has been adapted to good use on my course.

  • What do you like about Stace?

E: Joining Stace a few days before Christmas was a great benefit/bonus as the Christmas spirit seemed to be in full effect here at Stace. I have also had the pleasure of being treated to about 7 doughnuts whilst being here (…signs up to the gym!) But on a more serious note, everyone has been very welcoming at Stace. It’s great to know people are interested in how I have found the early stages of my time here and how I am progressing. I have been given great responsibilities such as: whereabouts of the Building Surveying team, issuing agendas, organising meetings, and dealing with tender submissions.

A: The people are all welcoming and it’s a friendly environment to work in. With the work and my day-to-day tasks, I am never bored as I always have lots of things to do all the time. I enjoy working in London and being in the hub of The City; it’s great that for my first job I am in such an important place in the business community.

C: The people who work here have been very welcoming, helpful and friendly in general. Also, everyone at Stace seems very laidback which makes me feel comfortable in the working environment.

  • What do you like about your role?

E: I like the fact that no two days are the same. One day I could be assisting with chasing up architects reports and issuing meeting agendas, next day I could be searching on the Land Registry website for details on properties or updating cost control spread sheets. On the whole I like having a variety of tasks to get involved in.

A: I really like the responsibility that my job gives me and that people trust me to go away and do things by myself and to do the tasks well. I always have plenty to keep me busy, which is great as the day goes faster and at the end you feel a sense of achievement that you have had a successful day helping people.

C: Mostly, I like being able to get around the office and working with the many faces of Stace. It is great that the company is so sociable and that everyone can have a chat with each other and say hello as you walk around.

  • What skills have you developed?

E: I have learned how to communicate effectively, being clear and concise which enables other members of the team to carry out their tasks more efficiently.

A: My typing skills have improved and I feel more confident when answering the phones.

C I have developed many skills at Stace including teamwork, communication and most importantly, self-confidence.

  • What are you most proud doing so far?

E: I am proud of being given more complex tasks at such an early stage. Not only does this reassure me that Stace is a company passionate about the growth of their people but it also gives me determination to push on and take on more.

A: When I first joined I was nervous about answering the phones and being the person who had to greet clients and show them where to go. Now I am confident in doing this and I’m proud that I got over my worries and can say that I am able to fulfil the expectations of professionalism and friendliness.

C: I most enjoy being able to help someone with a job or a particular problem and seeing that they have learnt from it. It’s nice to know that what I am doing makes a difference to people.

  • What are you looking forward to doing most at Stace?

E: I am really looking forward to becoming an integral part of the team, being involved in many different projects and aspects of the business. I’d also say I’m really looking forward to learning about the industry in which we operate in and what key traits are required in order to be successful.

A: I look forward to hopefully progressing in the company after my apprenticeship has finished.

C: I’m happy that I know I will constantly get to work with new, different people and I’m looking forward to learning more of the company as a whole.

  • What advice would you give to someone who was considering doing an apprenticeship in the construction industry?

E: I would wholly recommend an apprenticeship within construction as a whole to anyone who was considering one, as the skills you can learn and develop are truly invaluable.

A: I would recommend doing one as you gain qualifications as well as experience working in your desired location. I enjoy my apprenticeship much more than I enjoyed college as I feel it has helped me understand the work industry more. I also really enjoy working in London.

C: I would encourage people to definitely take the opportunity as they are a great way of kick starting a career and introducing you to the world of work. Not only that, you also learn as you work, which is very convenient.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years? What are your career aspirations?

E: At this stage it is difficult to pin-point exactly where I see myself. But I’d like to think I will be adding real value to the business, as well as helping nurture individuals who are starting out like me.

A: I’m not really sure what direction I want to take my career in just yet! But if I do stay in the construction industry I hope that I am still with Stace and that I have progressed further up in the company.

C: Hopefully, I would be in a job that I’m not only just good, at but one that I also enjoy.

 

With thanks to Ezekiel, Amy and Christian for answering all our questions!