Summer has good reason to feel proud: she’s in a full-time job doing something she loves and has the prospect of a solid career ahead.
Two years ago things looked very different when she left College with three A-Levels and her sights set on going to university.
Now aged 20, she admits that she lacked enthusiasm for higher education, preferring practical learning and the opportunity to experience a variety of opportunities before settling on a career path.
An Apprenticeship through Training 2000 offered her a viable alternative, providing her with a chance to earn as well as learning.
“I liked the idea of doing an Apprenticeship in accountancy, but I felt too young at the time,” she said. “So I chose business administration because I thought that would be useful in any office situation and I could carry it through my life.”
Since joining Blackpool-based Britannia Living, a kitchen appliance specialist, in September 2011, Summer has worked in three departments, giving her an in-depth knowledge of the company and a better idea of where her future lies.
She said: “I worked in marketing and sales as well as finance, and that gave me experience as well as making me realise what I really wanted to do. Then at the end of my Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration last year I was offered a permanent job in finance.”
As well as fitting in with Summer’s preference for working with figures, her appointment was well timed for the department itself, which was due to see the introduction of new accounting software.
Financial controller Peter Brookes, who was recommended to Training 2000 by a colleague, said: “We really needed someone who could devote time to the new system and Summer filled that role. Since she started she’s also taken on more duties in the department and processes expenses as well as dealing with credit control.”
Peter said that Britannia Living, which has 70 employees, had successfully recruited two other Apprentices during his six years with the company, both of whom began as business administrators before moving into permanent roles in other departments.
“There are huge benefits to employing apprentices,” he said. “You get someone who has a clean slate and who is keen to learn. The fact that we have apprentices who have stayed with us is also positive and shows there’s some loyalty on their part.”
Summer will complete her Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration this year and is still aiming to continue her education to reach her goal of sitting the AAT accountancy exams.
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