Beth Coombes

Beth has just completed a Business Administration/HR Apprentice with Owen Mumford. She went to Chipping Norton School and started her Apprenticeship after completing her A Levels.

Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?

During my last year of A Levels I didn’t know what I wanted to do following school, everyone else was applying to university but I couldn’t find a course that really appealed to me. The careers advisor at school suggested I go to an Apprenticeship evening and after speaking to a few Apprentices there, I knew an Apprenticeship was the best thing for me as I was going to be starting a career and earning while also learning and developing my skills.

How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?

Once I knew I wanted to do an Apprenticeship I started looking on the Gov website, that was where I found out about an Apprenticeship at Owen Mumford. I have always lived locally to OM so I knew a bit about the company and how they get involved with the local community. Just before I applied for the Apprenticeship, OM sponsored a new laser cutter at Chipping Norton School and a few associates came to a Design Technology and Art exhibition evening to officially open the laser cutter. My art work was on display so I went up to have a look and watch the opening. I chose to apply for the Apprenticeship at Owen Mumford because I wanted to support the local businesses and be a part of a company that gives back to the community I have lived in for 21 years.

What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?

The main thing I have gained from my Apprenticeship is the confidence in myself and my skill set. My Apprenticeship has also helped me find what direction I want to take my career in. Before my Apprenticeship, I didn’t know what I wanted to do but after being in the work place and seeing how a business works I know I would like to go into HR.

What do you plan to do next?

Now that I have finished my Apprenticeship, I plan to do a level 3 CIPD in HR to support further my career here at Owen Mumford.

How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?

My Apprenticeship has given me the experience of the working environment, it has also given me the opportunity to learn new skills which will help me develop my career.

What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?

My advice would be to not feel pressured to go to university just because everyone else is, if university isn’t for you then I would recommend considering Apprenticeships as it is an amazing opportunity to start your career and be earning while also learning and gaining new skills and experiences that university can’t give you.

What’s your top tip?

Work hard to gain as much experience and learn as much as possible and to accept every opportunity that is given to you as it could lead to something bigger.

How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?

I feel very grateful to be given the opportunity to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador as I think it is a great way to help get more people of all ages doing Apprenticeships.