My Apprenticeship Journey: Henry’s story
Since starting his Youth Work apprenticeship with Salmon in September, 20-year-old Henry Tucker-Thomson has learnt new skills, led sessions, and has even travelled to Germany with the team! Here's his take on his journey so far...
I was introduced to Salmon through a friend who was currently working at Salmon as an apprentice at the time.
I got the opportunity to volunteer with Salmon during the summer holiday scheme this year which involved me meeting new people and working on my team-building skills as team leader in some of the challenges.
The summer scheme was part of the trial process for the apprenticeship programme (I found out I got the job a week later!) – I learnt a lot about how Salmon works and I also got to meet a lot of the team which meant there were familiar faces when I started working as an apprentice.
Salmon has given me a new perspective of how to work in a youth club. One of the best things I’ve done so far is to go to Germany with the team on a youth work visit, which involved going to different youth clubs and seeing how they work. This gave me a new experience and a new viewpoint of how youth work is done in other countries, as well as finding out fascinating facts about Germany.
Through Salmon, I have also learnt how faith can be a positive thing for young people, and how adaptive and open-minded you have to be in order to be a good youth worker.