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07 Feb 2022

Meet our Apprentices - Naw 2022

A note from Carrie Westwell, Director of People and Culture:

Each year, we celebrate our apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week – I can’t quite believe it’s that time again! This is the 15th annual week-long celebration, with the theme for this year being “Build the Future”.

It’s safe to safe we’re proud of our apprentices! We’ve recently welcomed Olivia and Milan into our Bridgewater Canal and Retail Parks teams who are now the youngest members of the Peel L&P family. I’m excited to see their progression and development flourish over the coming months.  

“Build the Future” is focused on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills. We have a number of team members who are further on in their careers looking to learn new skills and also a few people who have moved around within the business and are taking on new roles – taking their careers in a different direction.

Keep scrolling to read some Q&As with our Apprentices as they reveal more about their roles, what inspires them and what advice they’d give to others considering an apprenticeship…

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for? 

I have just started in a new role in the People and Culture team as Culture and Wellbeing Lead. I have been with Peel L&P for just over 4 years. 

What are you doing your apprenticeship in? 

Project Management 

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship? 

I really enjoy learning new skills and I wanted further my career while also being able to put them to use to assist the business. 

What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship? 

Definitely go for it – apprenticeships are a great development opportunity. 

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why?

I feel most aligned with Impactful – I get great satisfaction when I feel like I am making a difference. 

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for? 

I’m an apprentice land agent and I’ve been with Peel for 5 months now. 

What are you doing your apprenticeship in? 

I’m a degree apprentice studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University. 

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship? 

I like to think that I’m a practical learner and considering I was going to study the degree as a full-time student anyway it made perfect sense to become an apprentice as I get the best of both worlds 

What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship? 

Do it! I know I’ve said it already, but you do get the best of both worlds. You can apply what you’ve learnt almost straight away which makes everything more relatable. You also get to meet a great mix of people at university and in work. 

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why?

Dynamic – I’d say being an apprentice means you have to be dynamic in your approach to both work and study. You might not necessarily be able to tackle them in the same way so having the ability to vary your style and approach is vital. 

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for? 

I’m currently Occupier Liaison and Facilities Support Manager in the Facilities Management team at Peel L&P. Prior to this, I worked in the IT/Finance team as PA and joined in 2013.  

What are you doing your apprenticeship in? 

I’m currently undertaking an apprenticeship in Facilities Management. I’m really enjoying learning different aspects of Facilities Management and I hope to have gained my level 3 in the next couple of months. I can then decide whether to go for my level 4 qualification! 

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship? 

Having moved into a new team internally, I knew I wanted to fully get to grips with the role and achieve an accreditation in Facilities Management. I had a chat with the People Team who advised me on an apprenticeship whereby you can gain an NVQ – and the rest is history!  

What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship? 

I recommend anyone to do one, it was a little strange at the beginning getting used to ‘learning’ but I really do enjoy it. 

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why? 

Decisive – having been a PA, being a mum and now learning on the job, you have to make quick decisions and be organised! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for? 

I’m currently the Deeds and Records Administrator, managing our archive of legal documents. I started in April 2019, so almost three years. 

What are you doing your apprenticeship in? 

I’m doing a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship with CILEX 

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship? 

It was suggested to me by Catherine Straughton, the legal director (and my boss) and it seemed like a logical next step. I’ve been dealing with legal documents since I started at Peel, and now I finally get the chance to interpret their contents and eventually help draft them.  

 What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship? 

I’d jump at the chance. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about your profession and then put that knowledge into practice straight away. 

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why? 

Proud – I’m proud of the team I work with, as they’ve been so supportive and helpful in my studies so far. And proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and taking on new responsibilities. 

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for? 

I’m an IT apprentice at Peel L&P/ I deal with resolving the tickets that come through the Service Desk. I also assist on some of the smaller projects within the IT Team. 

What are you doing your apprenticeship in? 

I am currently studying a Level 3 IT Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship. 

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship? 

I find great enjoyment in most things’ computers, and I wanted to kick start my career and I felt doing an apprenticeship was the best way to ‘get my foot in the door’! 

What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship? 

Do it, you get to learn about the area you’re interested in whilst being paid to do it! I’ve enjoyed learning how to apply my knowledge into the job role as well which is great for when you go into a full-time role.   

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why? 

Proud. When I first applied for the position at Peel L&P it was both nerve racking and exciting but being able to prove to myself that I have the knowledge to fulfil my place in the IT team makes me very proud. 

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for? 

I’m a business admin apprentice for Peel L&P and I have been with Peel for just over a month. 

What are you doing your apprenticeship in? 

I’m currently doing a business administration level 3 apprenticeship 

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship? 

I had a little knowledge about Peel L&P beforehand and knew that it was an exciting company to work for. The company is so diverse in everything that they do and that’s what really drew me in! 

What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship? 

Go for it and never look back! If you’re unsure as to what you want to do in life, I think an apprenticeship is very ideal. You’re not only learning towards a qualification and developing a variety of different skills but you’re also working and given a wage all at the same time. It’s very rewarding, it also keeps you motivated. Don’t panic If you have little knowledge at the start, because on an apprenticeship you’re starting a clean slate - so you also have that reassurance. 

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why? 

Since being a part of Peel L&P I personally feel a sense of pride. I really love being a part of the team as we are a bunch of amazing and ambitious people with pure energy who together create a positive, healthy and motivational environment for everyone to feel safe, comfortable and most importantly - happy. I think as people who maintain this type of pleasant environment should be proud and take pride in who we are as a team and as individuals.  

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for? 

I am currently doing a business administration apprenticeship and have been with Peel L&P for nearly 2 months. 

What are you doing your apprenticeship in? 

I am doing Level 3 business administration within the Bridgewater Canal team  

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship? 

I was inspired because an apprenticeship is a great way to gain a qualification whilst also working in a busy, hands-on environment. 

What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship? 

Just go for it! Apprenticeships can help you gain you so many great opportunities and you meet new people who are always willing to help and support you. 

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why? 

I feel closest to Bold as I made the decision to leave college and apply for an apprenticeship not knowing anyone in the workplace or what it would be like. 

 

What is your current role and how long have you been with Peel L&P for?  

My current role is a Conveyancing Technician within the Legal Department. I’ve been working for Peel for 6 years now and have been working within the Legal Department for the last 3 years.  

What are you doing your apprenticeship in?  

I completed my level 3 Conveyancing Technician apprenticeship in October 2021. I’m starting my next apprenticeship, level 6 Licensed Conveyancer, in March 2022.  

What inspired you to start the apprenticeship?   

My main inspiration for starting an apprenticeship was my family. Being able to provide a better life for my girls without dramatically impacting on my time with them was paramount. The apprenticeship was perfect as it was flexible and I was training on the job as well as working in the evenings once the girls were in bed.   

What would be your advice to someone who might be considering an apprenticeship?  

The level 3 apprenticeship was the perfect foundation and provided a great gateway into the legal world especially when I had never really considered law as a career as I didn’t think I was qualified or even smart enough! Taking the initial step was the hardest but it was the best decision I have ever made and would 100% recommend an apprenticeship to anyone considering developing their career. If you don’t try, you won’t know!  

What Peel L&P value do you feel closest to and why?  

Proud – to be where I am right now and working within such a great team makes me very proud.