Talented, enthusiastic, motivated, driven... Maybe just lacking some relevant experience? Well we'll give you a chance!
Buy It Direct is a strong supporter of Apprenticeships throughout the company, so if you are looking at getting your foot in the door then this is a great place to start. We currently have apprentices within a wide range of departments, including Customer Services, IT Technical Support, Warehousing, Order Processing Administration, and Commercial Team Administration. These each cover the relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship qualification for their role, such as Customer Services, IT, Warehouse and Storage and Business Administration, so you really can pick the right area of interest for you.
We believe in growing our own talent and supporting young people to make it in to the working world, and an apprenticeship does right that. An apprenticeship gives you the chance to achieve a great qualification whilst gaining real experiences, in a real team, in a real company. More importantly for those that prove themselves, an offer of permanent employment will follow once you complete your apprenticeship. If you're good, we are not going to let you go easily!
I joined Buy It Direct at the beginning of January 2013 after I dropped out of University at the end of my first year. The reason I chose to do an apprenticeship is because I believe it gives people more opportunities, rather than a full time job, as it gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, and most importantly gain the experience inside a real working environment. I joined Buy It Direct as an IT Technician as I am very interested in computing, which is vital within my role. During the interview it also became clear that the company was participating in interesting projects which really gained my interest.
My role as an IT technician is quite varied and I have a number of responsibilities. My main duties include testing refurbished laptops, desktops and tablets before they go in to stock. I also install software and create recovery disks for customers' orders on laptops and desktops. I also work on the returns section of the tech team, where we test for faults and log them for repair with the manufacturer. I feel that I have settled in well, and my work colleagues have made me feel very welcome with a team spirit.
Having completed my A Levels at Greenhead College, I joined Buy It Direct at the end of October 2013 as a Commercial Team Administrator on an apprenticeship. The reason I chose to do an apprenticeship only came about in my second year at college having decided against going to University, and I think it is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I think apprenticeships are brilliant, as they give people the chance to learn new skills, gain experience in a real working environment and also earn a real wage at the same time.
My role as a Commercial Administrator is quite varied and I have a number of responsibilities. My main duties include sending daily reports to the team, the purchase of stock, merchandising and the setting up of products which are then put live on the website. I also amend prices when needed on products such as laptops, desktops and servers.
Even though I haven't been at the company long I have settled quickly, and my work colleagues have made me feel very welcome. The company is a fantastic place to work and I have learnt a lot in my time here so far and I know that I will continue to progress throughout my time here.
Prior to working at BID, I was in between part time jobs, trying to find myself a full time job. I had just left college so my experience was very minimal, so hardly any companies got back to me for a interview for a job. I then saw the position to work as an apprentice at Buy It Direct as a Customer Services Apprentice and went ahead and applied.
I was lucky enough to get offered the apprentice position at Buy It Direct, and after 8 months of working in a busy customer service environment I passed my apprenticeship. I would not have been able to do this without the support and excellent training from the customer service team. After passing my apprenticeship Buy It Direct took me on full time. I have now been working for BID for a year and a half and have gained so much experience and confidence. Thank you BID for giving me the opportunity!
All our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on www.apprenticeship.org.uk so keep your eye out for the next available opportunity!