Apprentices recruit ‘little apprentice’

Winchester City Council is so keen on apprenticeships that even its apprentices have an apprentice.

And they are keeping it in the family: one of the Council’s nine apprentices invited her younger brother to work to be her apprentice for the day.

The shadowing idea allowed Chandler Divers and her fellow apprentices to practice supervision and communications, while her brother Mac, who is 12, gained an insight into the workplace and the role of an apprentice for the first time.

Chandler Divers, who is an apprentice in the Council’s Communications team, said:

You may have heard of Big Brother’s Little Brother; this is The Apprentice’s ‘Little Apprentice’.

As apprentices this experience taught us about managing someone else’s working day and taking responsibility. My brother was able to shadow three apprentices and experience the variety between the roles. He also had a unique opportunity to see if an apprenticeship might suit him in a few years’ time.

It was a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

The shadowing day was organised to aid the apprentices’ bid to be crowned ‘Apprentice team of the year’ in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015. The team can now successfully add the day to their growing list of achievements, which also include a community challenge and a school roadshow.