Posted: Tuesday 12th January 2021 in Summit.

At the end of 2020, Summit launched their new apprenticeship scheme, inviting people to apply to become a Summiteer and learn all about the digital marketing world.

At Summit we pride ourselves on growing our own talent. Many of our senior members of staff started their career in junior roles at Summit and have gone on to achieve great success for them and the business. We wanted to build on our ability to grow talent by starting at the foundation level and believe apprenticeships are a great way for us to train and develop our future leaders.

We also wanted to support our local community by offering opportunities to work on big clients that typically are reserved for London-based businesses, especially during these challenging times.

Without further ado, we are very excited to welcome on board two apprentices. Jak and Joe joined us just before the festive break and will be at Summit for the next 18 months. In the short time since they joined, they have immersed themselves into Summit life, getting stuck into tasks within their new teams and are already part of the Summit family! So, let’s find out a bit more about them…

A self-confessed stir fry fan with a love for Tottenham Hotspur and Mayday Parade, Jak (left) is currently helping the Affiliates team.

Joe (right), a man who loves bagels and Hull City, and opts for hash browns in his sandwiches when possible, is currently supporting the Product team.

We had a catch up with them just before Christmas to find out more about them and how they are feeling about their new roles.

How long have you been at Summit so far?

Both: 2 weeks

What are you most looking forward to?

Jak: Getting hands-on and supporting my team and the overall business.

Joe: Trying different roles and jobs within the company.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Jak: There have been very few challenges as of yet, but If I had to state one, it would be my on-going google digital garage, as I note everything of value to me (Which is everything as I have little knowledge of digital marketing as of yet).

Joe: Introducing myself in the company meeting. (All newcomers to Summit are encouraged to take 2 minutes in one of our company meetings to tell everyone about themselves. Nerve-wracking for sure, but always helps everyone get to know everyone else a little better!)

What has been your favourite moment so far?

Jak: I have enjoyed meeting everyone so far, but as a favourite moment, I would have to say the Christmas event from December. My first experience of a Summit event (sadly virtually), working as a team in an enjoyable atmosphere, whilst also winning “The meatiest sandwich”.

Joe: I’d say just getting to know everybody – they’ve all been so welcoming and supportive.

Have you had the chance to work on a project yet? If so, what has that been like?

Jak: I haven’t started working on a project as of yet, but I look forward to it in the near future.

Joe: I was tasked with validating an error report on Productcaster. It was really useful as it familiarised me with the interface.

Where have you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?

Jak: My first company meeting is one that comes to mind, as I had to introduce myself to everyone at Summit. For me, speaking to loads of people makes me really nervous, and despite it being digital, I still had a lot of nerves before my introduction.

Joe: Yep, the company meeting intro!

Describe Summit in 3 words

Jak: Absolutely Top Notch

Joe: Friendly, Unique, Driven

What piece of advice would you give someone looking for an apprenticeship?

Jak: For me, an apprenticeship was valuable as I hadn’t had much work experience prior, and therefore I felt a bridge between education and work was essential. I would say “Go for it”, not only do you get to experience real world work firsthand, developing valuable experience in that subject area, you also get to make use of apprenticeship material, to overall increase your knowledge heavily, in a far shorter period than that of a University.

Joe: Make sure you research the company and know what you are getting yourself into!

Check back in with us in a few months’ time, when we will be speaking to both them again about what they have been up to, and to see if there’s been any change in their answers!

We don’t have any apprenticeship vacancies at the moment but if you’d like to hear about future opportunities please let us know by emailing [email protected].