Reiss Jones' story

Exploring underground caves, scaling castle walls and seeing ancient buildings of interest renovated back to life, is all part of 19-year-old Reiss Jones’ job as an apprentice.

Reiss is a business administration apprentice for Nottingham city centre-based Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) East Midlands’ office, where he has worked since December 2014.

The organisation, which distributes money raised through the National Lottery to heritage projects at listed buildings, parks, museums and other places of interest across the East Midlands, sees Reiss enjoying a multitude of administrative tasks associated with applications for funding.

Reiss said: “I feel really lucky to be working for this incredibly interesting organisation and I’ve settled in really well with the team. Not only am I improving my administration and customer service skills, but I’m fortunate to be able to go out on-site and see some of these marvellous heritage projects that we’re funding and developing.”

In 2014 Reiss discovered the apprenticeship vacancy through Vision Apprentices, the apprenticeship recruitment service of Vision West Nottinghamshire College. He’d begun to re-think his career options while working as a sales assistant in a well-known department store."

He said:“I’d been working in retail for a few years alongside getting my A Level qualifications and just knew I wanted to do something different. I was looking at the National Apprenticeship Service website one evening when I came across Vision Apprentices. I looked on their vacancies page and saw the advert for the business administration apprenticeship with the Heritage Lottery Fund. The idea of studying while earning a wage was really appealing so I applied and was successful. Now I’m really enjoying the mix of studying the apprenticeship while getting to grips with the job-in-hand.”

Reiss is employed directly by Vision Apprentices and hosted by the grant-giving organisation.

HLF office manager Lindsey Wells highlights the benefits of working with Vision Apprentices.

“Reiss is the first apprentice that HLF has taken on at our East Midlands office and by going through Vision Apprentices we were able to highlight the kind of candidate we needed for this very individual role. They’ve been very supportive to us and to Reiss, in getting him on track and interested with his assignments and tasks.”