Daniel Ainsley - My First 6 months!
Hi! I’m Dan Ainsley and I am a first year apprentice in the Web Product department. I am currently 6 months into my apprenticeship and I’ve loved every second of it.
Everyone in the office is so friendly, and it’s so easy to have a laugh at work, which makes the day fly by! I settled in to my job very quickly because of the fantastic people around me, who made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. I absolutely love my job, it is very interesting, and at times challenging which makes it more rewarding.
I learnt about the job through my parents, who are regular customers at Hays Travel. They were informed that there were vacancies for apprentices, and they were told by the branch staff how much of a great company it is to work for.
At first I was a little apprehensive, as I didn’t think the travel industry was for me. However, as soon as I started, I realised how much work goes into keeping our websites up to date, and providing our customers with new and fresh offers. The office also has such a friendly atmosphere, which makes coming to work a pleasure.
I am currently working towards a level 2 customer service apprenticeship, in which I have to attend regular in-house training, as well as on-the-job shadowing. The training sessions are great, as they are very inclusive, and the trainers let you discuss everything, so you are constantly learning through discussion. It’s very laid back, and a great change of pace from your day-to-day job. I also have a very supportive mentor, who is a member of my team who helps me every day, to support me in my constant development.
Hays Travel is a great company to work for. Not only is it a great work environment, but they also offer various annual events for the staff, such as the Christmas Party which I attended. The party is great fun, as all of the company comes together and celebrates the year as a whole, with awards, a tasty Christmas dinner, and a big boogie to end the night! I am very much looking forward to the garden party, which is held in John Hays’ garden!
All in all, I’ve learnt so much already, and I’m only 6 months in. My team have been so supportive, and I have a great team leader which has helped me achieve the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ award within the department. I can’t wait to see what the future holds at this exceptional company!
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