Amy is a Business Administration Apprentice with Webmart. She went to Henry Box School in Witney and decided to leave at the end of Year 11. She started her Apprenticeship in September 2016.
Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?
I wanted to be able to gain a qualification while gaining experience in the work place. I didn’t think uni was the right route for me in education, but I still wanted to continue learning and I think showing that you can work and study at the same time looks great on your CV.
How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?
Webmart came into my school when I was in year 9 so I knew about the company. I was looking on their website to see if I could get some work experience and came across the advert for the Apprenticeship. It was pot luck that I found it but I applied and was lucky enough to get the job.
What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?
I have learnt so much in the short time frame that I have been at Webmart. It has been a bit of a whirlwind experience since starting in September. I have been fast tracked into a really great role as personal assistant to the CEO. I have learnt the basics of communicating internally and externally within an office environment as well as growing in confidence. I have learnt how to be more organised and time effective as well as the day to day running of the company.
What do you plan to do next?
I plan to finish my Apprenticeship in Business and Administration Level 3 by December. I would then like to go on to study Level 4 or do a degree part time while continuing my job role at Webmart. Webmart have great training and are always willing to progress employees on training courses so I will be interested to see where the path takes me.
How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?
My Apprenticeship will help me to understand more of the business basics and how the structure of business works. This is a great foundation of knowledge to help me progress further. By completing my Apprenticeship to a high standard, I will be able to show Webmart my capabilities and work ethic so that they can help me progress further.
What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?
100% go for it! Being in a real-world environment is really rewarding, you learn so much from it and still get a qualification at the end of it. You get to meet people of the same age as well as people that have been in the industry for years which can help guide and support you along the way.
What’s your top tip?
No question is a silly question and always ask for help when you are unsure. First rule of Webmart is never assume!
How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?
I am really excited about becoming an Ambassador. It will definitely help my development as well as giving guidance to other young people. It will be a great way for me to learn where my strengths and weaknesses lie and hopefully I can help other young people along the way.