Ryan Wardle - in profile
"I’m the first one out of my friends to be in a secure job with a good career path."
Ryan, 19, works as a Purchasing Assistant in Procurement
Can you tell me a bit about your role?
I deal with the day-to-day queries ensuring things are ordered and delivered. I deal with anything up to £10,000 such as theatre equipment and all the one-off orders they need around the Trust. I also do the maintenance contracts of anything up to £10,000.
When did you start?
I started in February of 2015 when I was 17. My Dad’s a night domestic manager and he spotted the vacancy on a poster. He recommended that so I looked into it and applied.
What do your friends and family think about you being here and what you do?
A lot of my friends are in their second year of uni and they were still in sixth form when I started this. I think I’m the first one out of my friends to be in a secure job with a good career path, hopefully, in front of me in Procurement. The training you get with the NHS is always thorough so I’d recommend going for it if one is available.
What did you hope to get from the apprenticeship when you arrived at the Countess?
It’s the experience isn’t it? I think it looks quite good on your CV as well that you’ve put a year and a half into training. It shows you’re committed.
Has working at the Countess exceeded your expectations?
It’s been great and people are always there to support you. My manager Sue, although she’s really busy, has been great. She gives me time to do my coursework and whenever you needed her she is always there. Everyone in Procurement has been great though. Obviously coming straight out of school everything about daily routines at work are totally new so there’s a learning curve. I'm still learning now.
What are you hoping to do in future?
I’m hoping to have a career in Procurement. I would like to stay in the NHS, at the Countess if possible, going on to be a buyer, senior buyer etc. There are courses and stuff you can do to build your CV. Anything like that gives you a bit of experience and shows you are committed.
What would you say to someone thinking about becoming an apprentice at the Countess?
Just go for it. You’re earning while you learn. It’s great if you don’t want to do sixth form like me and it’s the best thing I’ve done.
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