Conor Takes The Reins For The Day

Wed, 2002-09-04 01:00

Apprentice John Davison clocks in on time under the watchful eye of CEO Conor Blackett.

An East Durham College apprentice got to see what it was like to be in charge for the day as he took over as CEO as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Student Conor Blackett, 19, from Byers Green, swapped roles with John Davison CEO at the Social Resource Centre in Ferryhill, County Durham.

Conor had started a civil engineering course at Teesside University but decided it was not for him and became a volunteer at the Social Resource Centre.

That led to a job and in January he began a leadership and management apprenticeship.

He said: “Uni was a lot of travelling and cost, an apprenticeship means I’m earning while learning.”

While in charge, Conor chaired staff meetings and learnt about the organisation's strategic operation.

He sent Mr Davison out on the lunch run and had him take minutes- jobs he usually fits into a working day alongside project work such as client surveys.

Mr Davison said: “We were all trainees one day so I was happy to let Conor run the show for the day, if he goes on to be chief executive here or elsewhere that will be great.”

He said working with Skills for Care and East Durham College to train apprentices is good for the organisation and regional workforce.

John said: “Apprenticeships mean we get a better trained team and are investing in the future.