31 July 2014
Hi, my name is Katie and I joined Futura in 2013, I started here on an apprenticeship when I was just 16… and I am so glad I did. If I’m honest I took the job because I have a horse, Brie, who is my pride and joy, but keeping her is expensive so I needed to earn the money! When I look back on my first year with Futura I can see that my life has changed a lot and that’s down to Futura who have given me opportunities that I never dreamed of having.
Let me give you an example; a few weeks ago one of my colleagues Amy Deakin and I went to The Talbot in Belbroughton to attend a Breakfast Club run by Halesowen College. The college run several of these clubs throughout the year having a different guest speaker at each one and Amy encouraged me to go along. The guest speaker was Jude Jennison from an organisation called Leaders by Nature. Her talk was about leadership and the skills of being a leader, but she didn’t talk about skills she had learnt in business but instead her experiences working with horses.
Jude talked about how she overcame her own fears, how horses had given her confidence and how she had applied what she had learnt to becoming a leader herself. I related to what Jude was saying, I’ve been riding horses since I was 7 and after years of begging I was lucky enough to get my own horse a couple of years ago. Brie was a young, feisty chestnut mare and when I took her on she had never been properly ridden and was nervous of almost everything.
Friends thought I was insane when I had her and people constantly told me she was dangerous and un-rideable…..some people even said I should have her put down. No one believed in us but I was determined to prove them wrong. Training her was never easy but all the blood, sweat and tears (literally) paid off. We now compete regularly, bringing home the ribbons after every outing and the pride that I feel knowing that I taught her, has given me so much confidence.
Meeting Jude and hearing her story was a fantastic experience and one that I know I would never have had if it wasn’t for Amy and the rest of the team at Futura who are so positive and so supportive.
I’ve now been offered a full time position at Futura, which of course I have accepted! I know that I have grown up since I’ve been here and also that I will carry on developing so that I can prove exactly what I can do. Futura have given me so many opportunities I never dreamed of having, like organising their first charity golf day in 2013 and then again in 2014. We raised over £25,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and I’m really proud that I was part of that.
I never imaged a company like Futura would consider taking me on, especially as an apprentice when I was just 16 years old, but Futura welcomed me with open arms and I feel they have moulded me into a person I am proud to be!