National Apprenticeship Week 2023: From Apprentice to Director

Our very own Dan Monaghan joined HT Media on an apprenticeship 10 years ago and is now one of the company’s Directors. For National Apprenticeship Week 2023, he has been reflecting on his experience and exploring how starting as an apprentice boosted his career.

Back in 2013 I joined HT as a Media Production Assistant on an apprenticeship. Looking back on it, an apprenticeship was a great way introduce me to the world of work. At the time I had turned down the opportunity to go to university and wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to follow.

Entering as an apprentice gave me the opportunity to experience the role first hand. It was useful for deciding whether or not this was the career for me and helped me develop useable skills, rather than just the theoretical knowledge I had previously learned at college.

Starting my apprenticeship

I remember starting at HT very vividly. After an interview and trial filming day, I was offered the job and was thrown straight into the action.

My first day was a gruelling 12hour shoot at a local NHS trust. The schedule hadn’t factored in any breaks or time to walk to the different locations throughout the hospital! It was a difficult introduction to working life, but it gave me confidence moving forward.

In my first year at HT, I had some great opportunities to work on projects with a variety of clients across the UK. Travelling was very exciting, and something I was keen to do- another advantage of an apprenticeship. I learnt a lot about how a business operates and the ins and outs of video production.

Although most importantly, I learnt a crucial skill that everyone should have in the workplace- how to make a great cup of tea.

Looking back

10 years have flown over. I’m no longer an 18-year-old, fresh faced and new to the world of work. Just as I have grown throughout the years, so has the company. I have been fortunate enough to be heavily involved in this growth, and to decide how the company moves forward.

We have positioned ourselves as a leading video production company for the offshore wind renewable energy sector. An industry which is both fascinating to be part of, and close to our hearts as it plays a vital role in achieving net zero in the UK, with the Northeast pioneering its development.

I am thankful for the opportunities my apprenticeship and HT gave me all those years ago, and would highly recommend others explore a similar path.

I would love to provide the same opportunity to another apprentice- hopefully soon!

Useful links

You can discover more about National Apprenticeship week 2023 here.