Daniel's blog: 14 December 2016
Wednesday 14 December 2016 9.05am
Hello and Merry Christmas! My name’s Daniel Robinson and I’m a Business Administration Apprentice who has been working with Hoople‘s Contracts Administration Team for just over two months. I’ve been writing up these monthly blog posts to give an insight into my life as an apprentice to help anybody who is undecided about whether they wish to pursue an apprenticeship.
A lot has happened this past month, especially with Christmas being around the corner. The office has been decorated and ready for the holidays, which means tinsel, colourful lights, and banana bread. Nevertheless, there are still a few jobs that needed wrapping up before the end of the year, such as archiving learner files which have been stored in boxes of varying sizes stacked on top of each other.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my apprenticeship at Hoople; paper is surprisingly heavy, and it doesn’t help that I have the build of a wet noodle. Thanks to our in-house trainers, I’ve learned how to carry boxes properly so I don’t hurt my back! I wrote up a few notes about the contents of each box onto a spreadsheet to get the boxes ready to be sent off to the warehouse next year. Sadly I wasn’t allowed to keep the boxes underneath my desk to save me from having to move the boxes back into the storage cupboard. Therefore, with great difficulty, I stacked them neatly on top of each other to prevent the next person who opens the cupboard from being flattened like a gingerbread man!
With that job out of the way, I returned back to my desk to get ready for my next task, only to discover a large stack of paperwork that was supposed to go inside some of the old learner files, and since I dislike leaving a task half baked, I went back to the cupboard to notice that the box I wanted was at the bottom of the stack… I love my job!
Overall it has been a busy month. I got to visit the warehouse Hoople uses to store their archived documents, and I had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic people who worked at the warehouse and learned about the enormous amount of work that is done in the background to keep the organisation running.
Truthfully, I haven’t given much extra thought into what I want to do after finishing my apprenticeship since I’m still looking forward to seeing where my apprenticeship will take me. I’m learning new things every day here at Hoople– such as how to lift a box without getting back pains moments later!
Thank you for reading this month’s blog post and I hope that you will have a happy Christmas!
Daniel Robinson, Business Administration Apprentice at Hoople
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