We caught up with Christian Jerome, Cobalt Health’s new HR apprentice, to find out more about his new role, why he was attracted to Cobalt and why he decided to pursue an apprenticeship in HR.
So Christian, tell us about your journey to becoming HR apprentice at Cobalt?
I studied for my A levels at Churchdown School Academy including BTEC business, BTEC applied science and BTEC computing. Before working at Cobalt I worked at Tesco as a shop assistant, my plan was just to work part-time, on the weekends, whilst I was studying my A levels. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic began I decided to work full-time during lockdown.
Why did you decide to pursue an apprenticeship?
I decided to take the apprenticeship route instead of going to university because I believe the best way to learn is by actually doing the work, not just sitting down reading from a textbook with hypothetical situations.
What attracted you to Cobalt?
I was attracted to Cobalt because of its values and reputation. The charity is all about patient care and providing the best possible imaging services using state-of-the-art technology. I am really proud to be a part of the current growth and expansion and the future of the charity looks really exciting.
What does your apprenticeship involve and what are you hoping to achieve out of it?
My apprenticeship involves me supporting the HR team at Cobalt, and going to college one day every 3 weeks at Gloucestershire College in the Quays, where I am working towards my CIPD Level 3 qualification in HR.
How do you like to spend your spare time outside of working hours?
Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym and spending time in the kitchen cooking. When I am not at the gym or cooking, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Finally, what is your all-time favourite movie?
I do not have an all-time favourite movie because they are so many great films I have watched. However, any film Denzel Washington stars in is always a great movie.