Meet our Apprentice Highways Records Officer!
Hey James, tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hello! My name is James, I am 25 years of age and am an Apprentice Highway Records Officer within the Rights of Way and Countryside Department. One of my main passions is playing boogie-woogie and blues piano, I started this around a year ago and can’t believe the progress I’ve made, recently I’ve even started giving lessons! It just proves that if you really enjoy something, you can come on leaps and bounds in no time. I love acting & comedy, I’m a big fan of Lee Evans (when at home, I’m just as mad as he is!) and am a proud member of Melksham Drama Club. In my spare time, I love to create voiceovers with all kinds of different voices, accents and announcer voices. I’m not a very sporty person but enjoy watching snooker, Ronnie O’Sullivan is my favourite player.
How long have you been in your role and what were you doing before?
I have been in my role since August, so around 4 months now. Previous to this, I started at Wiltshire Council as an Apprentice Recruitment Assistant within the Recruitment team. I then completed my apprenticeship and was made a permanent member of the team which was a fantastic and a moment I cherished, I was a member of the team for four amazing years, and I absolutely loved it.
What’s the best thing about being an Apprentice Highway Records Officer?
The best thing for me is the people that I have the pleasure of working with every day. We are always in high spirits, support one another and can have a good laugh. I think the key to a great team, is being able to laugh and enjoy working together. This creates a positive atmosphere and improves the quality of work.
What kind of things have you had the chance to do since starting your apprenticeship?
I’ve been very lucky to have had the opportunity to go out with members of the team who mainly work outdoors to manage Wiltshire Council owned land and trees. I had a great day out with one of the Trees and Woodland Officers where we resolved some issues regarding trees that had fallen over or had been damaged. We finished off the day by climbing and abseiling a tree to check its health, and to see if any bats were nesting. I also had the chance to go out with one of the Countryside Access Officers to visit many sites to check the land, brown tracks, and byways. We even visited Great Cheverell in Devizes where my mother grew up and my grandad once owned the village shop/post office.
What has been the highlight of your apprenticeship journey so far?
The highlight for me so far has been the opportunities I’ve already had in just a short space of time. An opportunity to go out on-site and gain an understanding of how everyone works within the team has been great! I’ve also had the chance to complete training courses on Equality and Diversity and Assertiveness which have been a great benefit to my apprenticeship journey. Certainly, a great start!
What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying for an apprenticeship role at Wiltshire Council?
I would say, go for it! You’ve nothing to lose and you will be making one of the best decisions of your career, it was certainly one of the best decisions I’ve made. I am now on my way to completing my second apprenticeship at Wiltshire Council and it’s coming up to five years since I joined. I’ve had a fantastic five years, and long may it continue. There are so many interesting and diverse roles here at Wiltshire Council, giving so much opportunity to develop and better your career. It’s definitely worth it and I’m sure you will find the best job which suits you and your skills.