Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Idiot Apprentice part 3




I am no education inspector, but in relation to the title will now mark and give feed back to training provider, on this occasion named the college by its previous name YEP that's how old I am... 

So Wygeston Collegiate  mentor allocated asked for feed back last week 



Who's name will be spelt as "MarkUs"


End of business study class, I said am going quick visit to the loo, he said going to get paper. He came back with another tutor.


Scanned on his mobile phone my , information system certificate, the  grade D I tend towards ignoring,  its existent.

I don't consider myself a remarkable student, but definitely re-Mark-able.


So I tried to give the feed back of the first idiot apprentice blog post, a bit confused with the diary bit, and ensuring  joining the trade union they were like that's  optional ... But considering my predicament would have been a ruddy good thing.

 The "MarkUs"  still wanted his feed back, to which I apologised saying I am not calm enough give one. I am not about to give heads up on covering your tracks.


And on the spot was given ultimatum that I decide there and than to complete the college course, if I say no now the option will not be open. 

To get out of there quickly  said YEP again,  am expected tomorrow in class.

But did not neglect to get the name of person/email address  to make a complaint too.

so the feedback :
The MarkUs spent more time being Danny boy with thy  managers. In fact might be better to get feedback from them.

When I asked MarkUs to attend  5/1/17  the get rid of you meeting 
His response "he cannot not attend as a neutral party between my self and employer/organisation."

I naturally walked off, as he was with another student... Like what was there to hang about for?

Everyone advice talk to your tutor /mentor


So My last meeting in work place with MarkUs, In the workplace canteen, 
Tried to riddle out of being my mentor. 
Finally what appears to be the crust of apprentice role offered telephone training... This particular unit does say 20 hours guided training. Like this sh/could have been done way back in November.
Planted the idea of resigning or mentioned it the second time


I asked for the marks of previous units completed  instead sat there with laptop nit picking my course work in front of me,  so I had to remind him that I did email him, I had lost laptop mouse so was unable edit or grammar spell check, what can I say old school .... What MarkUs did there I would term that as undermining me.

Questions me on why I did unit 11 Am like i didn't choose unit 11 you did plus managers did.  At that point I was frustrated, cold,  put off with the meeting. And in true style in line with what thy  mangers    Been saying and MarkUs parroted "my body language, tone did not match that of a professional ..." Well duh that's what I came to learn.

During this conversation I was  asked if I was happy here.  By the time MarkUs asked the fourth time I pointed out that you've  already ask me three times  and now my reply will be "no comment."  To which he reacted and said I am being un professional ... Darn sure best response to everything is no comment


When filling in personal question  form at the college place 
asked at the  any physical /mental disabilities I wish to declare  

I ticked the box prefer not to say , started telling me I should have said yes 
Thought back really what pastoral support could college have given  in 37.5 hour working week; where college is attended once  every two weeks?


Any further comments from me ? Hell yes
Beside  this neutral party gave excellent support to thy managers.  For example I was on sick leave, informed MarkUs although I wasn't there. He still came in to see thy managers, 
At the last meeting met thy manager 9.15am my meeting with him 10.00 am,  so I waited for MarkUs at main reception, didn't show up till 10.30am.


Beside when I asked how I should approach managers on blatant error on my performance review ... Not very helpful. 


Any further comments from me?

... Uhh no comment

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Idiot Apprentice Guide part 2


I  may indeed have been the first to be told to sign apparently the correct apprentice  job contract( as one signed with manager did not basically have the probationary period& fix 1 year )  

so the correct one doesn't tell me how I go about resigning, yet went on in great detail how they can get rid of me.

In short if I didn't demo gross incompetency  I would been enslaved to them for an apprentice wage 😆😋

Not only did they not send  it in the post,  so they emailed it to me at work.
when I looked at  it on the excellent features of windows 10 word  on the work computer (at home although laptop installed windows 10 Microsoft windows  is windows 3) , 

So it read,  in "read only format"  

document  contract created day of get rid of you meeting 5/1/17
modified Date: get rid of you meeting 5/1/17
Date last printed year:  xx/xx/ 2012 

Document title: Apprentice Contract February 2016

I kid you not.

So i asked for standard apprentice contract template, 
still I wanted to be sure the terms and conditions were the same as those that started with me.

HR refused on grounds mine was unique to me 
My what a privilege 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Idiot Apprentice Guide

Have not bothered  with grammar  / spelling so will have to excuse that for the time being

Guide lines for parents or guardians  of young apprentices/  or the newbie lot like myself.

Make sure the contract is correct  especially in large organisations, blunders can still be made.
such as missing  probationary period. study your contract like you would English literature and its implied meaning, even dumb ones.

Clear concise job description and you are given photocopy it  like you would English literature and its implied meaning, even dumb ones.

to make  it prerequisite   to join the trade union, at the beginning.
rather than automatically put into company pension scheme

Research into which qualification are transferable
Remember to not only to check for  which certificates are required  English,  Maths which  are obvious and asked for. But don't over look  if you have level 2 g.c.s.e  D/E in computing/ information system . Even if you have later on got level 3 in computing if not recognised  might not be transferable......


To look up all 60 units unit 6, 11, and 28, at probationary period/

Request to take home any hand out given to read at home and never sign on it on the spot at the end of the day when they have just manage to fit  you in. you have the right to go home and read the hand out, and than choose to sign or not too.

The tutors/ allocated mentor  in college are neutral party, who have a contract with whatever organisation you are employed by and when things go pear shape are not of any practical help.

A 37.5 hour week+   where annual leave  maybe on a rota may mean very hard to get face to face advice even if you are owed loads of annual leave.

To keep personal diary of your working day.  on which you note down  body language, facial expression. this may take some time, as some people will be very good at keeping a professional demeanour. it is also important to note 'inaction' as well as how it makes you feel. including that of your allocated mentor.

As there is very little practical help out there for an apprentice - just make sure to take away all identifiable personal info  taken out.  of colleges/ organisation   remember the data protection  act as well.

than start writing truth stranger than fiction. account  and we will call it 'writing therapy' be as eloquent as ye like, but consistent. your personal work  diary will be well useful here.

and get cheap mug from pound land it will undoubtedly go missing.