Before I start, let’s catch you up.
- I work for The Prince’s Trust
- Until last week, I worked on the Team Programme in the North West of England.
- Last week I started a 4 month secondment working as a Training Manager (still at PT).
Got it? then I will continue.
My new role involves being part of a small specialist team that is going to train 900 staff on a brand new multi-million pound system that is going to change the way we work. NO pressure at all then.
My week started last Monday (16th) when I caught the Virgin Pendolino from Warrington Bank Quay Station down to London Euston. I am quite lucky as even though this journey is approximately 260km as the crow flies, it only takes 2 hours on the superfast train. Result.
A little underground later and before I knew it was arriving at Moorfield Tube Station, a few minutes walk from Prince’s Trust House. Within the Trust this is our head office and is known as PTH – so on we go.
We spent our first morning, getting to know the new Training Team and actually delivered a 5 minute training session we had all been asking to prepare in advance. Mine was a session on how to create a chart in Excel and I thought it went quite well – Happy days. I did of course make a complete faux pas the minute I arrived, as I lost my security pass within MINUTES and subsequently has to pay a £10 fine. Good start Gill, good start.
Our team is made up of other Prince’s Trust secondees from around the UK, so it was great to meet them and fab to hear Welsh, Northern Irish, Scottish and English voices all in one room. We actually bonded quite quickly and it seems that we are all feeders and each day we were together, someone brought something in to nibble on and my Weight Watchers resolve was tested most days (although I didn’t cave)
I was booked to stay in a Travelodge which was a short 7 minute walk from PTH and honestly the JOY of being able to walk to work every day was something else. My usual commute to the office is horrific as I live 21 miles away from work, which can take anything from 35 to 90 minutes on a bad day. The Travelodge itself was everything you would expect as a basic hotel but it was clean, my room was a decent size and the staff were friendly and helpful. Not sure what more I could ask for really.
One tip though, if you ever stay in the Travelodge on City Road in London, ask for a room NOT on City Road as they are much quieter! 🙂
As I was working in London Monday to Friday this week, I knew I would have to sort something out for our evening meal every night. Half of us were staying in the Travelodge and the other half of us were staying at Premier Inn about 15 minutes away. It was funny actually, as I recognised that this whole process is a marathon, not a sprint and so I knew I would have to pace myself. Also most of the other people are much younger than me and so up for much more each night. But as it transpired the following happened:
Monday Night: We all went to Pizza Express
Tuesday Night: I went to the pub with 3 of the other peeps after work whilst most of the others went for a Curry on Brick Lane.
Wednesday Night: I went for a Chinese with 2 of the other peeps. Most people had a chill night.
Thursday: Almost everyone, except me and one other person went to “Ping Pong” social. I got some food from Tesco and had a room picnic!
We have got another 3 weeks training the trainer with everyone though, I am sure there will be lots of opportunities to do stuff. I actually was really nervous the night before I left for London but by the time I got there, I was fine.
I have been to London loads of times before, but only for the day or on holiday, I have never stayed for work, so this whole thing is an adventure. In a way, I wish I could film my short commute in a morning to show M just HOW many people I pass. Everyone walks at “Race Pace” in London, yet no-one looks where they are going! Everyone is on their phone so you hear almost every language possible within every 5 minute walk. It’s a world away from Newton-le-Willows.
My week finished with a mad dash across London as Moorfield Tube Station was closed and I had to literally run with a colleague to Liverpool Street in order to find another way back to Euston. We did make it on time thankfully and I have never been more pleased that I got a sneaky 1st class ticket. And relaxxx.
Week 1 done and another 3 to go. Can’t wait.