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Meet the team - The Apprentice

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What is your job title?
I’m a marketing and events apprentice. 

What made you want to work at Land BAR?
When I first heard of Land Rover BAR, I didn’t really know much about it, so I did a lot of research. It seemed such an exciting place full of young, cool and vibrant people and I loved how it looked such a fun environment to work in. 

What background do you have that got you the job?
I studied chemistry, biology and geography at A-Level because I wanted to go down the medical route originally, so I chose the sciences. The team’s work is all about design and engineering so I think that background helped. I also did Business Studies at GCSE, and I have lots of work experience in retail, both elsewhere and in the family business, an ice cream shop.

What do you spend most of your time doing during the day?
I help everyone out with anything they need! I’ve done marketing audits for branding on the boats. I help Lucy – our Digital Manager – a lot with social media planning. I help Amanda, the Events Manager with organising the events – I’ve been left to organise our London Boat Show stand. It all helps tie in with my college work and NVQ – I go to college one day a week – and the work at Land Rover BAR provides assessment work for the college. Most of the time I work in the office but I do meet people from all around the building, from the shore team to designers, when I do jobs like handing out their team clothing. 

What’s the best thing about the job?
There are lots of opportunities available including travel. It’s a great group of people to work with and every day is different which is great! You get to experience lots of different aspects that you wouldn’t necessarily get a chance to see if you were doing a marketing degree at university. Learning on the job is much more fun!

What’s the worst thing about the job?
It used to be commuting but I’ve just moved to Southsea, so I don’t have to do that anymore. So there isn’t anything I dislike now. 

What sort of people do you work with?
Everyone is really cool and enthusiastic, always up for a laugh. They are really nice and make you feel really welcome, especially when I first joined. 

What advice do you have for others hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Definitely get an apprenticeship because you get paid while you learn, and if it’s a good fun working environment then you’ll have such a great time! It’s just incredible!

What job did you want to do when you were five years old?
I think it was probably something like a ballet dancer. I used to dance a lot, I went every evening. 

What made you change your mind?
Sadly, it wasn’t very realistic! Every girl dreams of being a ballet dancer and it just wasn’t realistic for me to go into it as a career. 

What job did you want to do when you left school?
I applied to University to study dentistry and I got interviews at Cardiff and Liverpool. I didn’t get a place but while I was there I got a feeling that I didn’t want to go to university anymore. I didn’t want to get into loads of debt, studying dentistry for seven years meant about £100,000 of debt so that was a massive turn off. I changed my mind and decided to apply for and International Business degree at Surrey University and got a place but again, when I thought about it a bit more, it wasn’t what I wanted to do. So I started to look at apprenticeships. I found out about the opportunity at Land Rover BAR through a friend, it sounded so exciting I decided to go down that route instead. I applied and got an interview and got offered my apprenticeship.