Meet The Apprentice:

T’reece Ellis-Brade

We caught up with warehouse apprentice, T’reece, to find out more about what he gets up to as a part of his apprenticeship

How long have you worked with Cue?

I started with Cue in November 2019, so I’ve been here for four months now.

What does your role entail, in a nutshell?

On a day-to-day basis, I help to prep and de-prep jobs that come in and out of the warehouse, and test any equipment that comes back in, to make sure they’re fit and working for the next job. When we have bigger jobs coming in, I’m part of the team responsible for doing what we call a ‘pre-show’, which involves setting up amps and test running the whole show – it’s a bit like running a dress rehearsal, so we can identify any issues and make the necessary changes to ensure the whole event runs as smoothly as possible.

What made you choose the apprenticeship route?

When it came to me deciding the career route I wanted to go down, it was important for me to find something that I would enjoy. I came across Cue, as it’s fairly local to me, and decided to visit to see what the company was all about. I liked what I saw, so enquired about what opportunities they had that I could get involved with, and I haven’t looked back since.

I do believe this is the right route for me. I really like having the opportunity to learn on the job.

What are you hoping to achieve through your apprenticeship?

My end goal is to become a fully qualified warehouse operative and to gain all the relevant knowledge and skills to be a great audio technician. I’m already learning a lot towards that, and it’s nice to know that every day I’m getting closer and closer to that goal.

How is Cue helping to support that goal?

The team at Cue have been really supportive from the moment I stepped through the door. Not only am I being taught everything needed to complete me apprenticeship, but I’ve also been given the opportunity to go out on jobs to put my training into practice and see exactly how the equipment is used.

What do you hope to do with the experience once your apprenticeship is over?

I’m enjoying being a part of the team here at Cue, so I do hope to stay here after my apprenticeship, and keep growing and learning new skills. I think I’ve found a career path that I’m happy with, so in terms of looking beyond the next few years, the sky is the limit. I just want to keep on developing within the industry and see where that takes me.

What qualification are you working towards?

I’m working towards the Supply Chain Warehouse Operative qualification level 4.

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

I enjoy the travel side of the role. We’re not just cooped up in a warehouse, all day, every day; we get to visit so many different places, depending on where our jobs are, including some fancy hotels. A lot of our bigger jobs are abroad too, so having the opportunity to work out of the country is really cool – you don’t get that in many other roles.

What’s been the biggest challenge/lesson so far?

When I started my apprenticeship, I was completely new to the whole tech world, so I was thrown into the deep end, and got stuck in from the get-go. I think my biggest challenge has been working with the more complex pieces of equipment – like the 4 speaker PA systems – and getting my head around how all the kit runs and operates.  Quality and standards are a massive thing here too, so a lot of my training is focused on going the extra mile – not just learning how to do something, but learning how to do it perfectly.

What are your hobbies outside of your apprenticeship?

After a long day of being so hands-on in the warehouse, I enjoy taking it a bit easier back home. I usually like watching football, listening to music, or spending time with my family.

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