National Apprenticeship Week: Eamee’s experience
Today is the final day of National Apprenticeship Week and we at The Reader Organisation know first-hand the positive impact apprenticeships can have on both individuals and the organisations which employ them. Our trio of apprentices make an invaluable contribution not only to The Reader Organisation’s work, but also to the lives of those they read with in Merseyside communities – from children in primary school right through to older people in care homes.
The Reader Organisation has spent the last year fundraising for our Apprenticeship Programme: Building Opportunities for Life, aiming to raise £14,000 to employ another young person as a Reader Apprentice. Thanks to your support and the valiant efforts of our staff and volunteers, we smashed that target and were delighted to introduce you to Zoe, our newest apprentice, earlier this year.
We’ve now finished fundraising for our Apprenticeship campaign, but Niall, our fundraising apprentice, still needs your help! He’s looking for second-hand books to supply our second-hand sales business – click here to find out how you can help.
Both our Liverpool and Wirral apprentices, Niall and Eamee, have had reason to celebrate recently as they were chosen by Sysco, our NVQ training provider, as their best Wirral and Liverpool apprentices and put forward for the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards. Eamee then made it through to the final three for the Wirral category and attended the glittering awards ceremony earlier this week. Although she didn’t win the top prize, she had an absolutely wonderful night (as you can see from the photos!), as did our People and Support Manager, Zoe, who went along with her:
Eamee did so well to make through to the final three amidst such stiff competition and we are very proud of both her and Niall. They, and Zoe, are wonderful ambassadors for The Reader Organisation.
Eamee also shared her thoughts about her nomination and what her apprenticeship means to her:
“Being an apprentice is an opportunity that can change anybody’s life if in the right frame of mind, but for me, being here at The Reader Organisation has made me realise that anything is possible. The opportunities I’ve had here has certainly made being an apprentice worthwhile.
The evening of the awards was one nerve-wracking evening and although I didn’t win, it was being shortlisted that made it my evening. To be part of something that is so important felt spectacular and it was special and amazing to just go.
The support I had that evening and whilst I’ve been at The Reader, has been great and I hope by next year I will have something that I can be proud of. If The Reader wasn’t here for me, who knows where I could be? So I owe it to a lot of people who have been continuing to support me in whatever way and sometimes that’s just as important as having a job that I simply love doing.”