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First impressions – Michael Olaore

For National Apprenticeships Week we are launching a blog series on the apprentices we have in our businesses.

Our first apprentice to share his first impressions of Churchill and the FM industry is Michael Olaore, business administration apprentice.

Apprentice Michael Olaore I didn’t know much about the facilities management industry or Churchill before I started working here; but after only a few weeks of training, meeting the team and shadowing, it’s an industry I’m very happy to work in, and a company that I’m extremely excited to work for. Coming in as an administrative apprentice I was curious about the environment I would be working in and what the Churchill Group was like as a company, but I could tell from the first day that they care very much about the people, stick to their values and are passionate about having a positive impact on the communities and environments they work in.

I was involved in a 4 week extensive management training program that left no stone unturned which, for my role, was highly significant as the more I know about all the company’s ins and outs, the better I can perform. Because the training was so detailed, I felt at ease when given my first tasks to complete. With ongoing help from Julie Cooper and Tanya Hawkins I found myself in my first month having people I could always go to for help. I thought it showed how much Churchill care in developing the individual and giving them the right skills to succeed in their role. I’ve been given a lot of responsibility already, along with time to settle in my role which has kept me focused and even been given the opportunity to spear head a few projects.

With account managers and directors frequently coming in and out of the Bristol office, I see new friendly faces every day so there’s never a dull moment. I’ve found that everyone is engaged fully and I’m increasingly impressed by the work rate and desire to provide the best customer service to clients.

Coming into full time employment it was crucial that I worked somewhere I could see myself long term whilst having the chance to progress and develop, and I have found that with Churchill. I am learning more about the FM industry with every day and enjoying it.