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First impressions – Harry Wentworth

I’ve recently started a permanent role as business development executive, and I wouldn’t have been in a position to take the job without the experience that I gained from my year-long apprenticeship in business administration with Churchill.

I joined the scheme in the Holborn, London office after I saw an online advertisement. I was familiar with FM since my sister works in the industry, but I still wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. It looked like a great learning opportunity so I applied, and it was a pleasant surprise to find that I loved working in FM.

One thing that jumped out to me within weeks of starting was the variety within the industry. It encompasses so many different sectors and disciplines so there’s always something new to learn.

The comprehensive programme allowed me to observe all of Churchill’s business functions, including cleaning, catering, security, marketing and finance. Looking back now, this was an invaluable experience as I was able to gain a holistic view of Churchill operations and see how they all intersect.

The programme gave me the chance to develop my project management and presentation skills, as well as relationship building. My degree in psychology had given me a strong foundation in building rapport with others, and the chance to apply and develop this with Churchill was fantastic.

I was also involved with the ‘Time to Change’ mental health scheme for the London region, which raises awareness around workplace mental health stigma. The fact that I could be involved in this as an apprentice really showed me that Churchill was invested in my wellbeing and development beyond the core role responsibilities.

Having completed my apprenticeship, Churchill offered me a permanent role which I gladly accepted. Since I first walked in the door, I’ve had amazing support from everyone at the company and it’s great to work for an employer that shares my passion for sustainability, innovation and wellbeing.

I’m now lucky enough to be able to pass on my experiences by mentoring two apprentices who are in the same programme I was in. I look forward to sharing my passion for the industry and for Churchill.

This blog is part of our series on the apprentices we have in our business, which we launched for National Apprenticeships Week. Read the previous blogs here:

First Impressions – Michael Olaore