Golin ♥ apprenticeships

We are bowled over by the enthusiasm, commitment and drive of our apprentices. So to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we thought we’d celebrate them! Since 2015 Golin has employed 5 apprentices, working across all areas of the business. We’re please to say that all former apprentices have continued into full time roles with us. Find out more about apprenticeships at Golin from 2 current apprentices, Will Derby and Rhia Hunte, and apprentice-turned-associate, Jack Moriarty.

WILL DARBY, PR APPRENTICE, 19 (Left in the pic above)

What were your choices as a school leaver?
University seemed to be the obvious route; it’s what my school pushed for and it’s where most of my mates went. My other choice was to tread water while deciding what to do and continue with what had been a part-time job in retail. I did this for while as I searched for something that appealed to me as a career.

Why did you opt for an apprenticeship?
I opted for the apprenticeship scheme as it’s an opportunity to get practical experience in communications. Although appealing, I don’t think the ‘student’ environment was for me (never mind how extortionate it is!).

How did you find out about the role?
Through word of mouth actually! At first I didn’t even realise apprenticeships were available for media roles, now I won’t shut up about it!

What attracted you to it?
My own values align with Golin’s ‘GO ALL IN’ ethos and I foresaw the opportunity to work alongside, and indeed learn from, the best practitioners in the industry. It was also a chance to hone my core abilities while working with a wide portfolio of household consumer brands in a global agency.

What’s it like being an apprentice?
There is a lot of work involved, but for the first time in my life I genuinely feel stimulated and ambitious, relishing the present and excited by the future. Diversity in the working week is the heart of the PR apprenticeship program; one minute you’ll be liaising with national media, the next you’ll be at a photo-shoot and then the next thing presenting to a high-profile client.

RHIA HUNTE, DIGITAL MARKETING APPRENTICE, 18

What were your choices as a school leaver?
I had the option to do a foundation year in art and design or three years at university. My preference was the foundation course but unfortunately the course was highly oversubscribed. I’m not hugely academic, so my heart wasn’t in the three year degree option. This is when I decided to look at the apprenticeship route.

Why did you opt for an apprenticeship?
It seemed a logical way of learning and earning money at the same time, especially as the cost for university is really high. I’m very much a hands-on learner so it made sense to start work, plus I’ll qualify with a Level 3 diploma in digital marketing.

How did you find out about the role?
I found out through the government apprenticeship website and applied on that site. It took around three months to find my perfect apprenticeship. I had been offered a few before this but declined as they didn’t feel right.

What attracted you to it?
I was attracted to Golin as an award-winning company and a young, friendly team with a great office environment. The way the job role was explained also made it really attractive. I am working on a variety projects, which gives me a broad understanding of digital marketing.

What’s it like being an apprentice?
I love it at Golin, it’s full of sociable people who all pull together to get a job done. I feel incredible supported in my apprenticeship and I’ve already learnt so much about content management.  I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved already and when I tell friends that went to university about my apprenticeship they are pretty impressed too.

 

JACK MORIARTY, GOLIN’S FIRST APPRENTICE IN 2015, NOW FULL TIME PR ASSOCIATE

What were your choices as a school leaver?
I left Sixth Form after failing my first year and I didn’t have a particular career in mind.

Why did you opt for an apprenticeship?
I was fed up of the usual way of learning, being sat inside a classroom five days a week had become tedious to me. Being able to learn whilst also earning money seemed the perfect route to go down.

How did you find out about the role?
I started off doing two weeks work experience as I was looking for an apprenticeship in the industry, but wanted to be sure it was the right path for me to go down. After those two weeks I was invited back for an interview to become Golin’s first apprentice.

What attracted you to it?
The number of intelligent professionals I’d be working with was a huge pull as I knew it was a great place to learn. The big brands and the overall office environment made it very clear that I’d enjoy my job everyday.

What’s it like being an apprentice?
The work isn’t easy and some days can be more stressful than others, but I enjoy my job everyday regardless of the challenges. Learning naturally rather than forcing my head into a book is a lot more exciting.

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