Having an apprentice has hugely benefited our business. At Camden Collective we take over used space and underused space in Camden and convert it into free or subsidised work spaces for creative start-ups in the area, and last summer we decided to expand our current hub, doubling the number of people who will be working out of our office and we would not have been able to do that without Leyah, our administrative apprentice. We’ve seen a huge impact in what we’ve been able to do, take on and things we’ve been able to do in the hub and that’s because we’ve taken on an apprentice.
Our team is very much about horizontal growth so supporting someone to grow and learn and get new skills in a new environment is something that is really important to us and it really plays into the ethos of our organisation; a lot of times we get caught up doing things in the same way over and over again so having someone new come in who has a bit more of an objective perspective on what we are and what we’re doing is really refreshing because it forces us to adapt and think in new ways - bringing that new set of eyes into the team has been really beneficial and they also bring their own skills to the team, they have their own tasks and responsibilities like any other member of the team, so it’s great to have another person who we can depend on and support to carry out new projects.
We’ve had a really good experience with Leyah, who was the first business administrative who we took on in our organisation - one of our team members moved to Barcelona so Leyah moved into a full-time role and we recently decided that we were going to recruit a new apprentice as we liked the idea of having our apprentice train up a new apprentice and because we had such a great experience first time round so we wanted to do it again!