Interview with an apprentice – Gwenno Ellis Owen

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020 we’ve interviewed 5 of our past apprentices who have achieved success in their careers following their apprenticeship. Our first interviewee of the series is Gwenno Ellis Owen.

Name:                                     Gwenno Ellis Owen
Age:                                         18
From:                                      Amlwch, Anglesey
Apprentice Employer:        Boom Cymru
Apprentice Job Title:          Apprentice Production Coordinator

What were you doing prior to the apprenticeship?

Before the apprenticeship, I was a sixth-from pupil in school.

Why did you want to do the apprenticeship?

I went for the apprenticeship because it would give me a chance to complete level 3 qualifications, whilst earning a wage at the same time.

What did the apprentice job entail?

My job comprised a number of roles. I was doing a lot of paperwork and music clearances for factual and live programmes and also digital items for social media websites. I also worked as a runner on a number of productions that included live broadcasts.

What programmes/projects did you work on?

I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on a wide range of programmes. I worked as a runner on the live programme “Stwnsh Sadwrn” every Saturday morning. I’ve also been able to work on factual programmes such as Prosiect Pum Mil.

Did you face any difficulties whilst doing your apprenticeship?

The only difficulty I faced during the apprenticeship was having to live far away from home. But luckily, I overcame this through meeting amazing people through Sgil Cymru – and someone I now call my best friend!

What happened when you completed your apprenticeship?

After completing my apprenticeship, I was lucky enough to be offered another contract by Boom until the end of February but by now, it’s been extended until July – so I must be doing something right!

Have you changed/grown as a result of the apprenticeship?

I think I’m far more confident now compared with when I started the apprenticeship. I am also more independent, both on a personal level and also in the workplace.

What is the next career step for you?

I’m not sure yet what the next step is. At the moment, I am enjoying working for Boom. However, I am also open to trying new things, since I love a challenge!