Spirit Apprentice of the year!
Maisie Burrows a year 2 apprentice answers our questions about winning the ‘Spirit Apprentice of the Year’ award and why she chose an apprenticeship at Swindon Borough Council in the first place.
Q: Hi Maisie! Can you tell us why you chose to apply for the apprenticeship at Swindon Borough Council?
A: Previously I went to a sixth form which really wasn’t for me. I began to lose motivation and no longer wanted to be there. I saw the apprenticeship online and it appealed to me as it was in the public sector, and I knew I wanted to work with people and to have the opportunity to provide support. When I started I was working in Supported Housing, and since then I have become a Trainee Housing Officer.
Q: What has your time been like, working for Swindon Borough Council?
A: I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the council and I feel very lucky to have the colleagues that I have.
Q: You recently won the ‘Spirit Apprentice of the Year’ award, congratulations! You went to Warwick to take part in the competition, can you tell us a little bit about what happened?
A: It was a lot more intense than I thought it would be! It involved a lot of public speaking and we were being judged on every aspect during the 2 days. One task involved reading two scenarios and then having one minute to prepare the delivery. Another task was role play, where the trainer pretended to be our colleague and we had to be the manager and tell him that he had bad breath and that his clothes were inappropriate. Another task was being asked two controversial questions which had to be answered diplomatically. Looking back now, it was one the best experiences I’ve had and we all got on really well. I met such a good bunch of people!
Q: Part of the competition was to talk to the judging panel about your ‘public sector legacy’, what is your public sector legacy?
A: My main aim is that I want to retire knowing that I have worked to the best of my ability to achieve a positive change and to make a difference to the lives of others. My legacy was quite extreme as it was to play a part in the fight against social inequality. I did say that I understand the difficulty in achieving this but even to slightly impact this in any way; that would be an achievement.
Q: How did it feel to be named ‘Most likely to make a difference’ and ‘Spirit Apprentice of the year’?
A: It was surreal! Everyone’s speeches were brilliant and I always said that being shortlisted was a win to me and I didn’t want to expect any more than that. So when I got the award I was shocked but so pleased. Everyone on the course was lovely too and so there was no spitefulness or any of that, everyone was so proud of each other which was so nice to see.
Congratulations to Maisie for winning the award, we are very proud of you!