Matt has worked for several of Apollo’s offices, and is currently the manager of Apollo Reading. The launch of our new App and website means there’s lots going on at Apollo Teaching Services, so we wanted to bring it back to basics. Here’s an insight into what it’s like to be part of Apollo Teaching Services.
Can you start by telling us a bit about you and where you are now?
I’m Matt and I’m originally from Abergavenny. Having moved to Reading in July 2016, I am now enjoying living near the town centre and working from our office at Green Park, just off J11 of the M4. I’m the Manager of Apollo Reading, dealing with Schools throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley.
I’m enjoying exploring my new surroundings and getting to know Reading, where there always seems to be something going on. It’s made up of a number of smaller areas such as Tilehurst, Woodley, Spencers Wood, Caversham, Earley, Whitley & Pangbourne, among others. Each has their own charms. I drag myself to the gym occasionally and enjoy running along the towpath of the River Kennet. Who knows, next year – I could be ready for my first marathon… or the year after next…
How has your role within Apollo changed since you started?
After opening and running our Cardiff Branch for around 6 years I was offered the opportunity to open our newest office in England. It’s been a challenging and rewarding first 15 months and I’m very excited to build on our momentum throughout this year.
So how long have you been working for Apollo altogether?
It was 8 years last April! It’s amazing to think such a large proportion of my career thus far has been spent at Apollo – and it’s equally amazing to think how the company has grown since my early days in our Bridgend office. I’ve now worked in 3 of our 8 offices and while I miss a lot of my Welsh colleagues and clients, it’s great to be given the opportunity to be a part of the company growth strategies. Here’s to the next 8 years!
Could you talk us through a typical day for you with Apollo.
A typical day starts with coffee. And plenty of it! I would usually check the office mobile for any overnight sicknesses that we may need to re-cover or for any bookings that may have come through our 24 hour service. Once the caffeine has kicked in, I’d get myself in to the office ready for business at 7am. After a couple of hours of filling staffing requests I’m likely to be spotted registering new members of staff, attending a recruitment fair, visiting our client schools, promoting our services and ensuring everything is prepared for the next morning’s business.
And finally, what is your favourite thing about working for Apollo?
It’s hard to pinpoint a solitary factor that I could label as a favourite! There is a great team spirit in this company and a legitimate feeling of belonging. There is a core team of longstanding employees that have bonded seamlessly with newer members of our company creating the future generation of Apollo’s recruiting team. The ability of this group of people to strive together for a common goal is what our clients and customers buy into. There are several offices and many departments, but everybody knows everybody in some shape or form – and while we all want to succeed for ourselves, we all want success for each other too.
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