An Interview with Supply Chain Apprentice George Goundry

Posted on November 14th, 2022

What were you doing before your apprenticeship?

Before my apprenticeship, I was a sixth form student studying for A level qualifications in Business, Chemistry and Biology.

And what made you choose to become an apprentice?

Because I’ve always been academic, the expectation at sixth form and from my family was that I’d move on to further education and go to university.

My sixth form didn’t really promote any other options besides Uni, so I hadn’t initially considered applying for an apprenticeship. It wasn’t until I was on work experience that I realised an apprenticeship was a legitimate option for me.

Whilst on work experience, one of the managers told me of how she got into her role by starting as an apprentice, and about the benefits of gaining qualifications while earning.

The more I thought about it, the more the opportunity to gain experience in a business environment whilst working towards relevant qualifications appealed to me. The structure of working in a business environment appealed to me and I thought that it would enable me to progress quicker than going to university first.

Why did you choose Walker Filtration?

When the apprenticeship was advertised it was the perfect opportunity for me to join a rapidly growing local, but global organisation where I would gain valuable business experience. At that time, I was aware that Walker had won an apprenticeship excellence award, so had a proven track record of delivering successful apprenticeship training.

What made you decide on doing your apprenticeship in Supply Chain Management?

Having spent time at a local filtration company gaining work experience in supply chain, this inspired me to apply for the apprenticeship at Walker Filtration. I felt like I had a natural knack for business and building relationships with suppliers, and that this type of work suited my personality.

What are your main responsibilities as an apprentice so far? Describe your typical workday

Formal study for my apprenticeship doesn’t start until 12th October. At the moment I’m spending my time learning about the business and familiarising myself with the role.

So far, my day-to-day activities include:

  • Contacting suppliers and chasing up orders
  • Processing purchase order requisitions
  • Attending team meetings
  • Daily management of MRP

Tell us a little bit about you, how do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy sport, and spending time with friends and family. I am a Middlesbrough FC season ticket holder and attend matches both home and away. I play snooker with my grandad every Wednesday and Saturday and 5-aside with my friends every week.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I want to show myself to be a trusted and valued member of the team, and someone who can be relied upon. In 5 years’, time I will have achieved my qualifications and hope to have obtained a permanent position and be progressing my career as a strategic buyer.

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