We have been confirmed as one of RateMyApprenticeship’s top 100 employers for 2021-22. The list is based solely on reviews written by apprentices on its website, which is the UK’s leading job resource for people seeking apprenticeships.
Chloe Yearsley is an apprentice recruitment coordinator for our Construction business and here she explains her career journey so far.
“Throughout my time at school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a career. I originally studied health and social subjects, intending to go into the medical field, but wasn’t sure if it was the industry for me.
“I took a gap year while deciding whether to continue my studies, but eventually decided to get a full-time job outside of the medical sector. This resulted in me working as cabin crew for a major airline for two years, I learned so many skills during this time, around being more organised and the importance of customer experience. Unfortunately, I was made redundant as a result of the pandemic but I decided to use it as an opportunity to look at other industries and see what would suit my skill set and where I felt I could grow and build a sustainable career.
I did some research and felt that my love of working with people would suit human resources (HR) and then I looked at the construction industry and there being a skills shortage and I felt I could do something about that by drawing on my customer experience, solving a problem and connecting people.
I joined Kier in December last year as an apprentice recruitment coordinator and I absolutely love it – there’s a huge amount of opportunities for me to build the career I want. I love being able to mention the big projects we work on to potential candidates. I chose an apprenticeship because it gave me the opportunity to learn an entirely new career and industry and the mix of theory and work-based learning really appealed to me. Since I started, I’ve been really impressed with the level of support I’ve been given from my team, other apprentices (we have a Teams group where we can ask questions and chat to each other) and my apprentice supervisor.
My job involves supporting the recruiters, hiring managers and HR business partners in their roles, and although no two days are the same, the best part of my job remains the same – I love telling candidates they’ve been invited to interview. Even better are the days when I get to tell a candidate they’re being offered the role; hearing how excited they are is the best feeling.
I was recently shortlisted for an internal award as a result of the standard of my work. If you had told me one year ago what I would be doing now I wouldn’t have believed you, but it does demonstrate that if you focus on your transferable skills you can achieve anything.
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