Trade: Business Administrator
Apprenticeship: Level 2 Business Administration
Background: Gintaras had always been interested in working within the construction industry. Prior to K10 he was working part time in construction as a labourer but also in the hospitality industry. He knew he wanted to move onto better things and get a qualification and a career, rather than just carrying on working part time jobs which were going nowhere.
What happened next: Gintaras was then invited in to the K10 office and impressed Apprenticeship Manager Jack, by explaining where he wants to start and how he wants to develop his career in construction and become a project manager.
During the Apprenticeship: Gintaras was placed in his home borough of Newham, with contractor Wates to start his Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship. ‘Working on site with such a great company Wates, was such a good experience for me. It has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to access so many opportunities I would not have previously been able to just from being able to say I worked with Wates. Working on site has such a great atmosphere, everyone is so friendly and it was not at all what I was expecting especially as this side of construction was new to me and I was able to learn so much during my time there. The college side of my apprenticeship was equally as good. If I had any questions, Shefali my assessor, was always there supporting me and helping me.’ We then asked Gintaras if there was one thing he could differently, what would it be? His reply ‘I would try to make fewer mistakes by thinking more before acting upon decisions. It is such a fast paced environment to be in and you can sometimes get caught up in it all but if I just thought a little harder, my life would have been slightly easier.’ Gintaras went on to say ‘K10 always stood by me from the start. When I first applied, I didn’t have any English or Maths qualifications but they gave me the resources and support to obtain them in able to complete my apprenticeship through Learning Skills and Solutions and InTraining. Without K10, I know I would not be where I am today and I would not have been able to get the career I have without them.’
After the Apprenticeship: Since completing his apprenticeship with K10, Gintaras has since found a full time job with engineering contractor Merit Holdings Ltd on £30,000 a year.
‘I can only say that Gin’s hard work and determination is what got him to where he is today. In order to do this course, he made the transition from working on site to working in an office environment, which in my opinion showed superb adaptation and real commitment. I look forward to bumping into him in a site office someday soon!’ – Jack Speckman, Senior Apprenticeship Manager