“There is never a dull day” – meet our apprentices six months in

National Apprenticeship week (11th - 18th March) is a week to celebrate apprentices and the positive impact they have. We thought it'd be a great opportunity to chat to our three brilliant apprentices - Kerry at Liverpool, and Charley and Callum at Manchester - about what life has been like at Henshaws six months into their journey.

Louise presenting Callum and Charley some choccies, flowers and thank-you cards as part of National Apprentice week.

How has your time as an apprentice been different from what you expected?

Kerry: “It’s been different as I thought I may get treated as an outsider, but I got welcomed with open arms and a lot of enthusiasm!”

Charley: “I didn’t really know what to expect – but it really is so enjoyable. No two days are ever the same. I love meeting new people and listening to different experiences from people who are visually impaired.”

Callum: “To be honest I didn’t have any expectations when starting my apprenticeship, but it’s been an interesting experience getting to know colleagues and building relationships with service users.”

Favourite moment/highlight so far?

Charley: “VIAT (Visual Impairment Awareness Training) has definitely been my favourite moment so far – being able to experience what it is like to have a visual impairment was really interesting. But also being taught how to guide a visually impaired person has really helped me in the workplace.”

Kerry: “My favourite moments are every time we have a social group  – it brings the whole team together and the outcome is an amazing atmosphere for both service users and staff.”

What’s the best thing you’ve learnt?

Charley: “I have learnt so much in the past few months. Before I started I didn’t know half of the eye conditions even existed, but I now have a much better understanding of what they are and how people’s lives are affected by them.”

What has it been like working for a charity? Kelly and the Liverpool staff dressed up for office HalloweenHow do you think it compares to placements other apprentices are on?

Kerry: “You get to work within an organisation that truly cares and is making a difference.”

Charley: “I really enjoy working for Henshaws – there is never a dull day – everyone is always so friendly and chatty.”

Callum: “It’s such a vibrant and fun atmosphere, the people are amazing and I’m looking forward to my next six months!”


Congrats to Kerry, Charley and Callum for all their fantastic work so far!

Louise, our office manager at Atherton House in Manchester, says “It was a great opportunity for everyone to thank the apprentices for their hard work and contribution in helping visually impaired people to gain more independence. I am very proud of the work that they do and know they strive every day to go ‘beyond expectations’”.

If you’re interested in making your first step to independence, get in touch with our first step team on 0300 222 5555 or at info@henshaws.org.uk

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Sarah is the Marketing Manager with responsibility for Community Services across Greater Manchester, and the Knowledge Village.