Blog by Jack Jenkins, Apprentice Marketing Assistant at Made In Corby
15th November 2018 (Made In Corby has since been renamed Made With Many)
You may have heard about Made In Corby through the events the project puts on, like the rather large festival in Corby town centre and the boating lake this summer, or the community workshops and discussions – but did you know about the development side?
I’m Jack, Made In Corby’s new apprentice (I started in September!) and beforehand I had worked with Made In Corby in their new musical, Danny Hero as well as volunteering at their Grow Festival this summer. However, I didn’t know about the skills development side until I was asked to share info of their apprenticeship opportunity earlier this summer. When the message came through as I was sitting outside Paletto Lounge with my gran, I thought “Hey, this might be interesting for me!”. Two months later, I think this may have been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I have only been here for a little while but already I have learned so much. Day-to-day I am focusing on the social media platforms, posting and sharing – especially #CorbyHour – and learning all the valuable skills and developing what I’ve already learned to take with me post-apprenticeship. As well as working mainly with Marian in Marketing, I get to shadow from other members of staff and learn from them, so I will come out of this with a qualification and priceless knowledge to set me in good stead for the future.
Quite frequently we get to venture outside the office and into the town which – for me – is the best part of the job. Engaging with members of the town community and seeing how the projects we put on positively affect each individual leaves me feeling so inspired. From juniors to geriatrics, we see smiles on so many faces from what we do, and these memories, as well as the amazing skills I’ve picked up here, and will continue to learn, will never leave me.
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