National Apprenticeship Week: Introducing Joe Dolman

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As it’s National Apprenticeship Week, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce our brand new apprentice, Joe Dolman, who has joined the OVG team as Media Videographer. Find out how his first week went and what he got up to. 

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Joining a new company is always a daunting experience and as this is only my second ever job, I was naturally going to feel nervous before my first day.

Being eighteen and an apprentice, there were a lot of things that were new to me: living on my own, working full time, doing my own washing and generally being independent. If that wasn’t enough, I received a call from OVG on the Thursday, had my interview on the same day and was due to start on the Monday – when people say this industry moves fast, they really mean it!

I was excited to start at OVG having come from The Juice Academy and Monday certainly came along fast. Week 1 consisted of meeting my Directors and the team, editing my first ever huddled video, learning skills in design and getting first prize for the Worst Outfit for World Book Day (which ironically, was nothing at all).

I also love music, so naturally when I found out there was a ‘themed Friday playlist’ I was over the moon.

From the get go I have been undertaking tasks that I felt might be out of my comfort zone but by being thrown in at the deep end, I have realised how much I am actually learning on the job.

At the end of my first day I left the office at half five feeling happy, relieved and eager to go back to work the next day. I already love it here and as cheesy as it sounds, I have met so many nice people. Everyone is really friendly and seem genuinely passionate about what they do. It’s a great environment to work and learn in and I feel lucky that I have been given this opportunity.

I have a creative personality so this job role couldn’t be more perfect for me. Being involved in design work ranging from video layouts, to designing my first website has been a thrilling experience and one that I hope will continue for a long time.

I can’t wait to really get stuck in and continue learning more about my job role and the digital marketing industry in general.

It seems as though everyone has a part to play and I really think I’ll be happy here.

Joe Dolman, Media Videographer

joe.dolman@ovgroup.co.uk  

Other apprentices at OVG

We have always supported apprenticeships here at OVG and love what they offer for young professionals. Since the beginning, we have welcomed several apprentices – some of which have gone on to join us permanently.

We spoke to three of our current team members to see exactly what an apprenticeship scheme has done for them.

image1Leah Bradburn – Social Media Extraordinaire (or Executive, whatever)

Course title: City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for Business, Digital Marketing and Social Media

How long you’ve worked at OVG: Just over 2 years

Best part about your job: Sitting next to Olwen Shaw … obvz

Cool fact about your job: I think it’s cool that we can sit here and constantly be in the know about everything

Your ideal client: I would love to work with a big cosmetics and fashion company – freebies pls

Favourite pizza topping: Cheese with extra cheese

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why: IRON MAN cos he is mega, OR THOR because he is also mega but a different kind of mega

Biggest benefit about doing an apprenticeship: Although I feel I’m missing out on all the fun my friends are having in uni, it’s great to be financially independent, as well as feeling like I’m getting so much experience early on in the industry I want to be working in!

 

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Cameron Barrington – Graphic Designer/Junior Front-End Developer

Course title: City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for Business, Digital Marketing and Social Media

How long you’ve worked at OVG: Just over 2 years 

Best part about your job: Banter. Banter is strong in the office

Cool fact about your job: I get to do something new and creative everyday – There is never a dull day! 

Your ideal client: Automotive industry clients seem to be the best kind of clients I’ve worked with, so yeah, automotive clients are good.

Favourite pizza topping: MEAT lots and lots of meat, along with jalapeños or anything spicy 

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why: Got to be Star Lord (Guardians of the Galaxy). Guy’s a boss!

Biggest benefit about doing an apprenticeship: Learning on the job is the biggest benefit for me. Plus, you earn as you learn so for me it was the ideal route towards my career path!

 

Selection_314Tom Reeve – Search Executive

Course title: Business Administration Level 3

How long you’ve worked at OVG: 3 years, 4 months

Best part and cool fact about your job: No one project is the same and therefore requires different creative ways to get them done

Your ideal client: Anyone in the tech industry

Favorite pizza topping: A bit boring but plain is just fine

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why: Dr Banner/HULK!!!!!! because I would be intelligent and powerful

Biggest benefit about doing an apprenticeship: You get to learn real world skills and gain experience that I feel is different to an educational environment.

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About Suzanne Goddard

Suze has been part of the OVG Content Team since June 2015. She can usually be found at the theatre enjoying the latest musicals, in the Disney Store spending way too much money or baking tasty treats at home. She is also a massive fan of Harry Potter, French bulldogs and tea.

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