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Press Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2018
Cambridge University Press is proud to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2018, taking place from 5 to 9 March. This week-long celebration is designed to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy.
The Press offers apprenticeships across a wide range of roles in Communications, Customer Services, HR, Marketing, Project Management, Sales and more. Our apprentices are highly valued for bringing unique skills, and a fresh, innovative approach.
Below, current and former apprentices at the Press share some of their achievements, challenges and most exciting opportunities so far:
Laura, Customer Services
I was taken aback by how many people work at the Press and the variety of job roles available. There is such a variety of people working here and so many opportunities to develop your career.
Kaya, Communications and Community
I have taken up a voluntary mentoring position through Form the Future, helping a Year 10 student with his employability skills and confidence. This was a step in the dark for me in the sense that I was meeting someone new to support and advise. I could see that it had made a difference and this was really rewarding for me.
Tamsin, Customer Services
I’ve recently started working on a project that will better support our customers. Although it is still in its early stages, I’m really excited for the scope that the project has!
I thought this would be an old traditional company when I joined but was pleasantly surprised by the people that have the innovation and drive to push for change. I have had the opportunity to move around a few times now, and each department has taught me something valuable/interesting, from how to talk to colleagues, to managing Customer expectations in Customer Services to understanding the attention to fine details in Marketing.
The most surprising thing about working for the Press is the sense of community. With such a large workforce, I expected to only really get to know my immediate team. However, following several projects and conferences, I now bump into people for a chat around each corner. I have also visited countries that I otherwise wouldn’t have thought to visit, including Bucharest which was a really great trip as I met a lot of people that I email day to day.
The most unusual thing that I’ve been involved with so far would definitely have to be taking part in evacuation chair training!
Becca, Customer Services
I have been surprised with the amount of people who I connect with worldwide on a daily basis.
Nicola, Work Based Learning Co-ordinator at West Suffolk College, said: ‘Throughout the business administration course the apprentices develop a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours. They learn how to support and engage with different parts of the organisation, developing strong communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills and learning how to manage projects and complete administrative tasks to a high standard.’
Sophie, Manager, ELT, said: ‘It truly was the best decision I ever made to have an apprentice – George has brought fresh thinking and a 100% can do attitude 24/7 and with event management you have to keep going until the very end.’
The Press has also been involved in helping to shape the Publishers Association Publishing Apprenticeship. This will provide an opportunity for people at entry level to learn a broad range of publishing-specific skills and knowledge, learning on the job and also attending training sessions in London once a month. The apprenticeship is expected to be ready for delivery in September 2018.
To find out more about apprenticeships at the Press, visit http://www.cambridge.org/about-us/careers/meet-press/apprenticeships/
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