Retail Apprentice – #NAW2018

Our Apprentice of the day is Jonathan Nkuli from our Retail department. Read on to know more about Jonathan and his Apprenticeship experience at Certas Energy.

Jonathan is an Apprentice Store Manager at Aikenhead in Scotland and is currently pursuing a SVQ Retail (Management) Level 3 qualification.

I chose an Apprenticeship over further education or a job without an Apprenticeship because it allows you to gain a qualification, valuable training and also excellent experience. 

The Certas Energy mission statement and values really resonated with me and that’s why I chose to work with them. My experience so far of working in Retail has been really good and I like that it offers a fast paced career and helps you grow as a person.

It has been eye opening to see what goes on behind the scenes and how much work actually goes into running a Retail store – it’s definitely not as easy as it looks. I’ve really enjoyed learning about all the different elements of working in a store and managing it. I’ve also enjoyed the challenge of dealing with the public, building relationships with customers and dealing with challenging situations whilst always keeping Safety F1rst.

The Apprenticeship has really helped me build my confidence and better equipped me to deal with challenges.

My future goals are to make sure that I complete all my units in a competent manner and to pass my driving test so I’m in a better position to receive a permanent contract. 

I would advise anyone thinking about going down the path of an apprenticeship to go for it! It will be a decision you won’t come to regret but rather be pleased you did.