Katy’s Blog – part 2

We  thought the best way for everyone to understand what goes on during an apprenticeship was to get one of our apprentices point of view. Katy is doing her Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship with us and has very kindly agreed to keep you all up to date.


Katy Nixon - Apprenticeship StorySince my last post I have improved my skills in many areas.

As you will know I completed a two week Functional Skills maths and English course.  Following that I have received my results which I am pretty shocked with!

Firstly, we covered maths and I sat my Level 1 test,  I passed with 44/48 which meant I could work towards my Level 2.  The following week I sat the Level 2 test and passed with a score of 39/48.

Secondly, the subject that I have always dreaded…English!  It’s split into three areas reading, writing and speaking and listening.  I have never been able to get my head around English but somehow I managed.  The first test I sat was my Level 1 reading, I came out with 19/20.  Following that as a group myself and Atis (who was also on my course) had to have a discussion on an unfamiliar topic.  We chose green energy as our topic which I had no knowledge on what so ever, even when it came to the assessment I was still unsure but luckily managed to pass!  For the Level 2 speaking and listening I had to do a presentation.  My presentation was based on 11 degrees.  11 degrees is a clothing brand manufactured in Kendal which I have to admit I am obsessed with.  Due to knowing a lot about the brand I managed to pass this assessment too.  Finally, the last test I sat was the writing, I had to write a formal letter and a report.  23/25 bagged me a pass on that one too!

Following this I keep in touch with Atis from the course so it was a good way to meet new people. Considering my lack of interest in school the two weeks of maths and English were shockingly bearable!

Katy Nixon Counterbalance lesson

On the week beginning the 14th of August I returned to SP Training for a week for RTITB Counterbalance training.  When it came to the theory it completely mind washed me as I have no idea about trucks or anything down those lines.  By the end of the week I was a pro!  Only messing, I knew enough to pass my theory by the skin of my teeth with 83% when the pass mark was 80%.  After not having much confidence in the practical I also managed to pass that also.  Therefore I am now qualified to drive a fork lift truck!


I return to SP Training once a month from now on with the next time being the 1st of September for a day on Using Equipment.

I am finding that I am becoming more independent as a person and happier with in myself.  I am glad I applied for this apprenticeship.

Katy’s blog part 1

Katy’s blog part 3
Katy’s blog part 4
Katy’s blog part 5
Katy’s blog part 6
Katy’s blog part 7
Katy’s blog part 6
Katy’s blog part 7
Katy’s blog part 8
Katy’s blog part 9
Katy’s blog part 10
Katy’s blog part 11
Katy’s blog part 12

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