Meet our two new apprentices: Sam and Libby

2021 marked the start of an exciting journey for us at Healthwatch Essex as we employed two apprentices, who will work with us as they complete a fully-funded degree programme in Digital Marketing at Anglia Ruskin University. Sam and Libby have taken a bit of time to introduce themselves to you as they’ll be the brains behind lots of the great content you’ll see over the course of the next few years!

Our new digital marketing apprentice, Sam Hart.

Hi everyone, my name’s Sam, 20, and I’m one of the new digital marketing apprentices at Healthwatch Essex. My role will mainly be focused around creating and sharing online content, either through social media posts or articles on our website, and I will also be involved in the Collaborate Essex forum.

After finishing school in the summer of 2019, I decided against going to university as I tried a different route into employment. In that year and a half, I managed to gain some experience working with photo and video editing software, I earned my journalism qualifications, began learning touch typing and I even speak a word or two of Spanish!

I’m also a part-time writer for a football fan site called Arsenal Central, as I’m unfortunately an Arsenal fan. However, there are positives to being an Arsenal supporter, I know if I can get through the stress of watching them every week, I can cope with the stress of anything!

I am looking forward to being a part of the many campaigns we have coming up this year, and I can’t wait to share some amazing stories with you all!

Meet our new digital marketing apprentice, Libby Redman.

I’m Libby, 19, and I finished my A-Levels last year. Whilst most of my friends went off to University after summer, I knew that I wanted the opportunity to gain experience whilst learning. Therefore, I was thrilled when I was offered the position to become a Digital Marketing Apprentice for Healthwatch Essex.

I’m excited to work for Healthwatch Essex as I have held many people-based volunteering roles, including the Summer Reading Challenge for Essex Libraries, which I loved. I am eager to create content for the social media sites as I love social media, having run many Instagram pages myself, including one for my dog (yes, I am the kind of person who runs an Instagram page pretending to be their dog). I am excited to get to know the team and engage with the public to create exciting campaigns.

I’ll leave you with a fun fact about myself that not many people know. My official title is not actually Miss; I am technically a Lady. I’ll be the first to admit, it sounds a lot more glamourous than it is, I actually only own a 5 square foot piece of land in Cumbria…