As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Kirstie Green (Marketing & PR Officer) interviewed our newest member of the Almshouse Office team, Evalynn Wills.
Evalynn has joined the Charity as an Apprentice. Despite starting during the third UK national lockdown, she has fast become a core member of the team.
Get to know more about her by reading the interview below:
Kirstie: Hi Evalynn, thank you for your time. To start with and to kick off Apprenticeship Week, let’s begin with the question of why you chose an apprenticeship?
Evalynn: I decided to undertake an apprenticeship for two reasons, one; because I wanted an opportunity to expand my skillset within my chosen field of work, and two; because I love learning! I decided that a Business Administration apprenticeship was the best route for me to take after gaining a small amount of experience in administration and deciding it was the area of work I wanted to pursue. I knew an apprenticeship would give me the chance to learn more about the subject area in the classroom, and it would also give me further hands-on experience within a workplace.
The learning and real-life working experiences that come with an apprenticeship will enhance my CV, and they will also hopefully help me to secure an administration position once I have completed the apprenticeship.
Kirstie: How are you finding working at St John’s so far?
Evalynn: I have really enjoyed my first couple of months working at St John’s. Even though the pandemic has meant I have been working from home, I have felt very welcomed and supported by those I have worked with. The projects I have been working on so far, have been very different to anything I have done before, and I am learning lots of new things every day. By working on different projects, I can give my input, as well as have responsibilities, and this is helping me to grow my confidence within the team and working environment.
Kirstie: What are you most excited to learn about during your Apprenticeship?
There are many things that I am excited about learning throughout my apprenticeship and work with St John’s. I am excited to learn more about the Charity sector (as this is the first charity I have worked for), recruitment and HR processes, and the different things that go on behind the scenes in relation to project development and management.
I am also quite excited to learn more about social media management, content creation, and marketing. This is something I have dabbled with in previous employment, but it is an area I would love to gain more experience in!