Phil Ridley works for Travis Perkins, a builders’ merchants which has been supplying the UK’s building and construction markets for more than 200 years. The Open University is working closely with Travis Perkins to deliver high quality apprenticeships to help employees such as Phil gain new skills to benefit businesses and address skills gaps. We asked him to tell us a bit more about the programme.
I’m the Building Momentum Team Lead at Travis Perkins. As part of my personal development I had been asked to be considered for the internal Senior Management Development Programme but due to personal circumstances was unable to continue. The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship was suggested to me as an alternative and despite it being in its infancy, I jumped at the opportunity.
Having not studied since leaving secondary school, I was initially really apprehensive. But I quickly found the online portal to really easy to use and with the help of my tutors I settled into a flow quite quickly. I think the finance section of BXY100 is the block I have enjoyed the most so far, but in all honesty, I have enjoyed it all.
I would say the biggest impact the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (particularly early part of BXY130) has had on how I work within my current role is having a greater understanding of myself and how I conduct myself, react to others and my awareness of emotional intelligence. Although there have been other specific examples that I have put into practice, such as thinking differently about how to put presentations together or being able to better identify risks through a probability and impact assessment table.
Taking time out of my working week is all about planning ahead and ensuring I am not taking the time when it doesn't fit with work. Some weeks I may only take half a day, others, I have the opportunity to take more. It’s about doing as much as I can when I can.
I hope the business recognises the hard work, effort and sacrifices we will have made during the time studying for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, let alone the extra skills we will have learned. My long-term career goal is a senior management role within the business. By adding the learnings from three and half years of study, while also performing well for the business in my day job, I would really like to think that I would at the very least be considered for future roles that would progress my career forwards.
Phil recently joined the Open University’s Apprenticeships Ambassador Laura Burley at a special event in Parliament to celebrate the third anniversary of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.