Matthew Hockley joined us 18 months ago as a land-based service engineering apprentice. Here he tells us how he found out about us and how he’s settled into the role.
I was keen to work outdoors and found the work that the Canal and River Trust interesting.
I found the vacancy on the Government website. The interview was very relaxed. Jason and Alan made me feel welcome and supported. The interview was more of an informal discussion rather than a technical interview.
Everyone at the Trust has been keen to help me to learn and so many people have gone the extra mile in terms of explaining the theory and technical information behind our work.
My advice for young people considering an apprenticeship would be to take the opportunity with both hands and make the most of it Matthew
I’m currently working on our waterway repair programme, which is something I am really enjoying. I also particularly enjoy using the workboats to help out with maintenance and breakdowns
The team encourage me by making sure I’m involved in everything they are. They explain things to me in a way which is easy for me to understand
My advice for young people considering an apprenticeship would be to take the opportunity with both hands and make the most of it. It's a very rewarding choice and is a good step in the right direction for your future career. It prepares you for what the working life is like.
I hope that my story inspires people like me to pursue an apprenticeship.
Last date edited: 1 March 2018