Our Apprenticeship Journey
Welcome to Our Apprenticeship Journey webpage, the place to find out what we get up to as library apprentices.
Kirklees Libraries employed two new apprentices in September 2020, one based in North Kirklees (Ambreen) and the other based in South Kirklees (Hannah). We both went through two interviews, one with Kirklees Libraries and the other with Barnsley College.
In August, Kirklees Libraries got in touch with us and we were so excited to join the library service. At first we were both so shocked! After such a difficult year being in lockdown this was fantastic news!
Library Apprentice - Huddersfield
I was so excited for my first day at work! Having passed my driving test recently I drove down to Huddersfield by myself! At half past 9 I was met by Karen who took me into the building and then I was shown around by Kathryn, one of the managers. The building was so big and complicated, it reminded me of a scene that could be in Doctor Who! Once I’d been taken around the building I got my laptop setup with help from Karen. She showed me the Data Management System – Symphony – then I had a go at putting some books into transit for other libraries! My first day was so exciting, it felt like I had gained a sense of independence so quickly and the staff were lovely. It was such a friendly and welcoming environment, I felt at home instantly!
Library Apprentice - Dewsbury
I was actually quite nervous for my first day, due in part to still being in disbelief that I had actually made it!!! (Books and vulnerable communities are something I’m passionate about in my personal life, so it was a surreal feeling being able bring that to fruition in my professional life). After meeting my manager, John, all my nerves seemed futile (Thank You John!). He was incredibly welcoming and made sure I understood everything. We set up my laptop, went through all the safety procedures, and took a tour of the library. Looking back, I would definitely say my first day was a precedent of the support that would be available and John is always checking in to see if he can help me with anything. So to say I’m loving it, would be an understatement!
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So what have we done so far?
Since September we have been very busy, lockdown rules meant the library had to adapt to a more virtual world. Libraries Adventures Live (LAL) sessions enabled the library service to interact with its customers (you!). We both took part in these sessions where we met illustrators, authors and even a rapper!
The Cosmia Festival also had to be done virtually due to the current situation, we both got a chance to interview authors about their new books! The Cosmia festival was aimed at a large audience of all ages and was hosted on our social media platforms. We have also been doing weekly vlogs to show you all what we have been up to and what it’s like to be an apprentice working for Kirklees. You can watch videos from the festival here.
In terms of working in the library, we were both involved in the Ring and Read service during lockdown. Finding books for different people and popping them in a bag for collection was great fun! Since our libraries have opened up to the public we have been able to get around more and meet customers and staff face to face.
Sometimes we decide to focus on national days in the events calendar we have for Kirklees Libraries. Ambreen focused on Movember in November and Hannah chose Self-care. Hear about men’s opinions on men’s mental health in Ambreen’s video for Movember. Hannah decided to get in touch with her yoga teacher – TJ, from her old college to create Yoga chat video. In Hannah’s video for Self-care week TJ talks about mental health, healthy eating and the benefits yoga has for both the body and the mind. As well as chatting to her Yoga teacher, Hannah also created An Introduction to Yoga video where she shared some yoga moves which she learnt at college. “I really enjoyed leading my own project for Self Care week, the staff were so helpful and I was really excited to share my passion for Yoga with you all” – Hannah. Around November time we started creating weekly vlogs which you can find here on our playlist on YouTube. We now upload bi-weekly so Ambreen uploads one week and Hannah the next so you have one to look forward to every week!
Our latest work
Hannah – I have led on lots of different projects recently, one of my favourites being the Christmas card making event at Holmfirth library. This was such a lovely event and brought such a warm community feel to Holmfirth. For this event I worked with various members of staff and volunteers. I organised a Storytime, a visit from Santa and of course the card making activity! This was the second craft activity I’d organised, the Halloween Craft morning being the first. I love organising events and craft activities, quite recently I put together some pirate crafts at Rawthorpe library over half term.
I have also secured a CSO (Customer Service Officer) role working for Kirklees Libraries! This will be a frontline role, working on the library frontdesk. I will be assisting with IT enquiries, Tourist information signposting and of course working with books! I’m also going to take this opportunity to run events and craft activities like I’ve been doing throughout my apprenticeship.
It’s quite a busy time for me at the moment! I’ll be juggling the part-time CSO role alongside my apprenticeship hours. I have the apprenticeship assessment to complete alongside lots of other CSO tasks to do! I’ll keep you updated through my vlogs, and don’t forget we no longer upload these to Instagram, you will find them on our Youtube, Facebook and Twitter channels.
Here are a few videos showing what we have been up to so far. Since our launch we have both been involved with the Cosmia festival which was held virtually due to the lockdown. See the video below for the event we were both involved with! We have also both taken part in Library Adventures Live (LAL!) events. The videos below are some of the LAL events we have both co-hosted. You can find the whole playlist of LAL! events on the Kirklees Libraries YouTube channel. Don’t forget to tune in every Tuesday at 11am for a fantastic LAL event. You can watch them live through our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Hannah also took part in a fantastic Zine workshop! She co-hosted the event live with Cherry from Salford Zine Library. You can find the workshop here. Since taking part in the event she has created her own video showing how she created her first Zine (see below!)
We gave you the chance to ask your burning questions! If you missed it watch our Q and A session here. If you have any other questions for us please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please also email us anything you would like to see on Our Apprenticeship Journey! Book chats, quizzes, reviews we are up for anything!
Hannah hosted a Cosmia Festival event focusing on Climate Change. Our fabulous guest Anthea Simmons came to talk to us about her new book ‘Burning Light’. Feel free to watch the event and fill in the survey. We are hoping to do a book review video on Anthea’s book ‘Burning Sunlight’ in the future too!