Kickstarting a career

What it’s like to be a marketing and communications apprentice at Rowcroft

Here 19-year-old Marketing and Communications Apprentice Jet Maynard-Haynes shares how he’s got his career off to a great start by learning new skills and gaining useful experience. Starting in August 2022 as part of Rowcroft’s small and dynamic Marketing and Communications Team, Jet plays a valuable role in building awareness about the work of the hospice and raising its profile, and ultimately generating funds for our care.

A warm welcome

“When I started at Rowcroft, everyone was so welcoming and I instantly felt the warm atmosphere of the whole organisation,” says Jet. “The beautiful grounds and the lovely people made what could have been quite a daunting experience (as this was my first full-time job) easy and stress-free.”

Gaining experience

“I find it a real privilege to be working as an apprentice here at the hospice. When I first started, I had zero experience of working in an office environment and almost no experience in a marketing role. Everyone in the team and others across the hospice have individually helped me develop and grow in areas such as communication and organisation, and to understand what full-time employment is like.”

A varied role

“Some of the key projects I have worked on include the 2022 Rudolph Run video which I filmed, produced, and edited, and which was sent out to schools to be viewed by children participating in the event. This year, I also assisted with photography of ‘The Big Tackle’, an impressive fundraising walk in Torbay with over 600 participants. And I’ve carried out numerous other photography assignments for Rowcroft’s PR stories, such as the launch of Patrick the Pony’s mobile pen. Along with photography and film, I assist our Communications Manager by regularly publishing articles on our intranet system ‘The Hub’ and I support with marketing outreach for all our fundraising events such ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘The Big Tackle’.”

Digital creativity

“My favourite part of the role is digital creation, whether that is photo or video editing, or filming. I have really enjoyed shadowing and working alongside our video content producer and I have learned so many skills from her.”

Learning every day

“The best thing about working at Rowcroft is that I am in an environment where my skills are given time to develop and grow. And I’m surrounded by lovely people who have an excellent understanding of their areas of expertise – I feel I can constantly learn from the team. There’s also lots of flexibility in the role, and I love that I can work but also learn every single day.”

No looking back

“If anyone is considering an apprenticeship with Rowcroft, I would say ‘go for it!’ You’ll work in a positive and conscientious environment with incredibly hard-working people who always look to improve on their own skills and help you develop yours. Time is always taken to listen to your ideas and everyone makes sure that your voice and ideas are heard. Rowcroft is a fantastic place to work for anyone of any age or experience.”

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