(Deonne Budge – Apprentice, Bright Futures Programme)
Here at Bright Purple Resourcing in Edinburgh Nick Price CEO of Bright Purple gave 6 young apprentices the chance to gain experience in the recruitment world. We have been at Bright Purple for 3 months now and have just been given the chance to do our Resource training. We have had so many great opportunities in Bright Purple; if you have had a chance to read our blog you would know that we have met exceptional people such as Jennifer Cheyne, Craig Paterson, Hera Hussain, Andrew Muirhead, Della Martin, Belinda J Roberts, Robert Campbell, Margaret Hassall and Professor Muhammad Yunus. We have had the opportunity to hear about their life experiences and what they have achieved in their career. Each of them gave us great advice that we can put into practice during our apprenticeship with Bright Purple, and advice that will stay with us through the rest of our careers.
Having been given these opportunities I thought to myself how can I say thank you to Nick. One day Nick had mentioned that David Cameron went to visit CR Smith’s Apprenticeship Scheme and I thought why them and not us. So far I have contacted a few people that Nick has kindly introduced me to, and I have managed to get one step closer to getting David Cameron into Bright Purple. I would love to meet the Prime Minister to show him that even though youth unemployment is high in the UK; young people with very little education can do well if given the opportunity.
It has been great to be told about how much we, the apprentices have changed and developed over the last 3 months. I can say that I had a lot to change in myself but I can thankfully say that Marielle, Head of the Futures programme, has given me the chance to grow even more and now to speak to our candidates and then to be trusted to take care of the candidates’ job applications.
If I, an 18 year old apprentice from Edinburgh who came from school with no qualifications and never thought I would ever amount to anything, can be someone then of course so can you. Nick has given us the chance to express our thoughts and also help us achieve what we want in life, which is why I want David Cameron to visit Bright Purple to prove to him you don’t need to be well educated, experienced or wealthy to dream big and do things no other 18 year old would.
All you have to do is be given a chance – so if you are reading this and think you can help me get to Mr Cameron then I’d appreciate your help. Make Cameron Purple is now my goal.