Hannah Maughan is a Business Administration Apprentice with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She completed GCSEs at John Mason School in Abingdon before starting her Level 2 Apprenticeship.
Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?
When I finished school I certainly didn’t have any career path in mind. However, I knew for sure that I did not want to go to sixth form, even though I achieved good GCSEs. I have always enjoyed learning, just not the school life, therefore, I realised an Apprenticeship was the perfect option for me - also learning while you earn is definitely a benefit! I had the opportunity to attend an Oxford University Hospitals Apprenticeships Event in May 2015 and I learnt a lot about different Apprenticeships. However, the Business Admin Apprenticeship stood out. My manager is a big reason as to why I chose to do this Apprenticeship as when I first met her at the event she was so helpful, enthusiastic and welcoming and her keen personality made me eager to join.
How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?
I found out about an Apprenticeships Event which was taking place at the John Radcliffe Hospital through my mum as she works at the JR and she knew I was interested in an Apprenticeship. I soon attended the event and went straight to the Business Admin stand. I had the opportunity to talk to many other Apprentices and find out all about what it is like, this was really helpful. After a lot of thinking I decided to apply for the Apprenticeship.
What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?
I have gained many skills from my Apprenticeship, including working with a variety of different teams/people. Although I am doing a non-clinical Apprenticeship, I get the chance to work with clinical staff and attend sessions on a monthly basis. My manager thought this would be good for me as it helps boost my confidence and I am also gaining a lot of experience in different job roles. I have learnt how to use systems such as Microsoft Outlook, the Intranet, ELMS, TAS, etc. These are some of the programmes we use as administrators.
I have had the chance to attend the Intranet site manager training, Microsoft Excel training and ELMS training; these were really helpful in boosting my knowledge on the systems. I have also gained experience of working in an office environment which has helped to develop my communication and organisational skills.
What do you plan to do next?
At the moment I am doing a Level 2 Apprenticeship, I hope to continue onto completing a Level 3 in my current job as I am really enjoying working in my department.
How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?
My Apprenticeship has allowed me to develop a wide range of skills, not only business but also general life skills and this is what employers will look for.
Also as an Apprentice, I am able to achieve a similar level qualification as if I were to attend university. Therefore, this will stand out to the employer when I apply for a job.
What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?
I would definitely say that if you’re unsure on what to do after school or sixth form, you should consider doing an Apprenticeship as it comes with so my advantages which outweigh sixth form and university. You earn while you learn, meaning you are being trained and gaining work experience whilst earning money, also you get a nationally recognised qualification out of it, which will be useful for future pathways, for example, you can choose to go to university after completing an Apprenticeship if you achieve the qualification.
What’s your top tip?
My top tip would be to never let the pressures of school impact your future, don’t be afraid to be different and make the change of doing an Apprenticeship. There are so many opportunities relating to an Apprenticeship, you shouldn’t let anyone else’s opinions come in the way of your future!
How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?
I would love to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador; meeting/talking to new people really interests me and will help to boost my confidence.
I am keen to take part in activities and events and help others, telling them all about my experiences whilst being an Apprentice.