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The journey of our apprentices

At Prospectus we are proud to be part of the national apprenticeship scheme, which has seen seven talented individuals join our community. As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 we wanted to take some time to learn about their journey.

 

Afsar (Finance Officer)

An important part of our finance team and our longest standing apprentice

1. What do you do at Prospectus and how long have you been here?

I have been working for Prospectus since 2010, so coming up to eight years. My role at Prospectus is within the Operations Team as a Finance Officer.

2. How has your role changed?

Over the time I have been here, my role has changed from assisting with operational projects to processing timesheet hours. I have really enjoyed adapting to all aspects of change within my role.

3. Why did you decide to take part in the apprenticeship scheme?

My first apprenticeship was one of the best working experiences for me. I did briefly return to college for further studies, however I then realised that I actually prefer working and educating myself at the same time. This really boosted my confidence within my work life and my working experience got even better.

4. What did you enjoy about being an apprentice?

I appreciated the fact I could learn and gain experience while working and completing a NVQ. The benefits are immense and you get paid while learning on the job.

5. Any advice?

University is definitely not your only option, educating yourself while building your work experience in line with your passions and career aspirations was definitely a ‘tick box’ for me.

 

Hannah (Operations Manager)

Keeps the Prospectus office running smoothly

1. What do you do at Prospectus and how long have you been here?

I joined the team in November 2013, so I’ve been here for just over four years. I am now the Operations Manager here at Prospectus – my main job is to ensure our office and systems are operational to support the activities of the business.

2. How has your role changed?

As you can imagine, my role has evolved and grown a lot over the past four years. I joined Prospectus as an Office Support Apprentice which involved supporting the finance team with data entry and admin, supporting users with IT and covering reception on an ad hoc basis. Over the years I’ve taken on more responsibilities - managing the relationships with our suppliers and overseeing all operational aspects of the business.

3. Why did you decide to take part in the apprenticeship scheme?

I was made aware of apprenticeship programmes towards the end of secondary school. As a school leaver, I was looking at different routes I could take after finishing my studies at college and was really interested in what apprenticeships had to offer. I have always been a more practical person – enjoying the more vocational subjects at school – so the idea of getting stuck into work was really exciting for me. I was never too fussed about going to university, so doing an apprenticeship really suited me.

4. What did you enjoy about being an apprentice?

On reflection, I learnt and developed so much in my first year of work and that is down to the supportive network that I had around me – both at Prospectus and through my apprenticeship provider.

5. Any advice?

I would definitely suggest looking into what apprenticeship programmes are available to you. If university is not really for you but you have an idea about what area of work you want to go into, doing an apprenticeship is a great place to start. It’s a great way to learn, gain experience and earn! Take your time, and make the right decision for you.

 

Nazir (Temporary Recruitment Consultant)

Recruiting great talent into temporary positions

1. What do you do at Prospectus and how long have you been here?

I have been at Prospectus for over three years now and I am now a Recruitment Consultant specialising in temporary vacancies.

2. How has your role changed?

Since starting three years ago, I have worked in two different teams covering administration, compliance and recruitment.

3. Why did you decide to take part in the apprenticeship scheme?

I looked into the process of apprenticeships and reviewed a couple of case studies. The idea of learning on the job really appealed to me. I felt that I gained knowledge quite quickly and was able to implement this every day.

4. What did you enjoy about being an apprentice?

I really enjoyed the opportunity to come into work every day, learn on the job and then complete my assignments with the knowledge I picked up.

5. Any advice?

Having previously completed an apprenticeship, I have found that this is an excellent way to gain a foothold into the working world. I decided to take the apprenticeship route because of the benefits that come with the scheme; the main benefit being that this opportunity allows you to work and study towards a nationally recognised qualification. I would recommend anyone that is considering or has the opportunity to take the apprenticeship route to go for it. It is a brilliant way to gain an insight into how it feels to work full time whilst also studying. This allows the individual to take responsibility and find the right balance between working and studying.

 

Kieran (Receptionist and Administrator)

The face of the Prospectus office and our newest apprentice 

1. What do you do at Prospectus?

I joined Prospectus in August 2017 as Apprentice Administrator & Receptionist within the Operations Team. I am in charge of welcoming any clients or candidates who visit. I am also responsible for various administrative tasks throughout different teams within the organisation.

2. How long have you been an apprentice?

I have been an apprentice for six months at Prospectus and I have already learnt so much and gained new skills along the way.

3. Why did you decide to take part in the apprenticeship scheme? 

I believe apprenticeships to be a great way to learn key skills for the working environment whilst also gaining qualifications. University and college are not for everyone and this is why I chose to take part in the apprenticeship scheme.

4. What do you enjoy the most about being an apprentice?

The thing I enjoy the most about being an apprentice is being involved within an office environment whilst gaining qualifications and experience. I have enjoyed being in an office environment as this was my first ever job. I have learnt so much along the way so far from my peers and my apprenticeship tutor.

5. Any advice?

I would highly recommend to anyone who is considering starting an apprenticeship to go for it. It is a great way to gain qualifications whilst being involved in a working environment.

 

Rahat (Office Assistant)

The cog that keeps the company running

1. What do you do at Prospectus?

I am an Office Support Assistant which means I provide general admin and operational support across the organisation, including IT and telecoms, whilst providing comprehensive support to the Finance Team.

2. How long have you been with Prospectus?

I have been with Prospectus for one year and three months.

3. Why did you decide to take part in the apprenticeship scheme?

I decided to take part in the apprenticeship scheme because you learn whilst gaining experience first-hand in the working environment as well as getting paid a salary.

You also gain a recognised qualification when the apprenticeship is complete.

4. What did you enjoy about being an apprentice?

I enjoyed learning how to carry out my role to the best of my ability, gaining experience and knowledge, and taking responsibility within my team.

5. Any advice?

The advice I would give to anyone considering their career options would be that university isn’t the only option, there are apprenticeships available which may be the better option for you to get into your preferred career.

For example, if you are looking into the finance sector you can complete an apprenticeship where you can also gain an AAT qualification.

Furthermore, there are also higher apprenticeships which will give you the equivalent qualification to a degree.