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Why do an apprenticeship in Business Administration?

20-year-old Hannah Burns explains what it's like doing the Business Administration apprenticeship.

How did you get started?

I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Media straight from school and needed advice on how to get into employment.

I attended a two-week employability skills course at Remploy’s Coventry branch and discussed my options with an employment advisor, who helped me realise that an apprenticeship could be a good way forward.

The branch arranged a two week placement for me with Coventry City Council’s Workforce Development Unit.

It proved so successful that I ended up staying on for three months. I then learned of an apprenticeship opportunity with the Council’s City Services department. I decided to apply and was thrilled to be offered the job at interview. Nine months on, and my career is flourishing.

What’s the apprenticeship like?

Since starting the role my responsibilities have expanded and I’m now an assistant to the PA to the Director of City Services.

I’m given day release every Thursday to study for my NVQ in Business Administration, attend a variety of vocational training courses and am hoping to progress my career soon by applying to the admin pool.

All in all, it’s going really well and I’m so pleased I decided to approach Remploy for support.

How has the apprenticeship helped you?

Hannah’s manager, Ruth Jeffery, said: “When Hannah started working here she hadn’t got much experience of the workplace and there was a lot to learn. But over time she has progressed and learned new skills, and gained confidence.

"She now helps in the office with a variety of different tasks and is a valued member of the team. She has a positive approach, always trying to do her very best and showing commitment to her job.”

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(Information taken from the Apprenticeships website)