Alexis Marshall works as an accounts apprentice at Life Leisure, based in Stockport. She’s currently working towards an AAT Certificate in Accounting, which she is due to complete in July 2016.
With support and guidance from her colleagues and her Damar trainer, her confidence is continuing to grow, as is her skill set, which will enable her to look towards a bright future with Life Leisure. Here’s her story so far.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
When I left school, I decided that going on to study at college just wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the idea of spending the next few years in a classroom environment and was keen to start working. I looked into different options and decided than an apprenticeship was a good option. I loved the idea of learning and earning, while socialising with older people. I also looked forward to being able to learn new skills and prepare myself for working life as I get older.
What does your role as an apprentice at Life Leisure entail?
My role at Life Leisure is very varied. There are a lot of admin tasks, which really help me understand the importance of each department within the company. One of my main tasks involves taking orders from the requisitions department, processing them for authorisation and then inputting them onto our Sage system, to raise a purchase order number.
Alongside the daily administration, I regularly speak to clients and customers, which keeps my day varied. You never know who will be on the other end of the phone and it’s very rewarding when you can help solve a problem.
What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
The thing I enjoy the most is working alongside other people that understand me. There are a couple of other apprentices who I can develop friendships with and also share my experience with. I love my job because I have a range of responsibilities, which means people rely on me to perform well. This can put pressure on me at times, but it makes me push myself to achieve strong results.
I’ve always been interested in accountancy and this apprenticeship is a great way for me to gain an in-depth understanding of the industry, while earning money and putting my skills in to practice.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
If I were to give any advice, it would definitely be to at least consider an apprenticeship as an option. Too many people my age dismiss them, but a classroom environment isn’t for everyone and an apprenticeship can open so many doors. I feel that you can learn so much more from putting your skills into practice in real situations. Plus, you get to meet new people who are happy to support you throughout your course.
If you’re looking for advice on apprenticeships, personally I don’t think you can beat Damar Training. The trainers use a range of techniques to help you learn, which is really refreshing and engaging. The atmosphere is always friendly and the staff members make sure everyone feels welcome. They also have a strong support network, which really helps you to feel secure if you’re ever struggling with anything.
Stephen Ainsworth, apprentice trainer at Damar Training, said: “Alexis is taking her first steps into the industry by completing this apprenticeship and she’s doing a fantastic job. There were times when she felt slightly overwhelmed, but her confidence is really growing.
“Alexis has been on a rollercoaster of emotions, especially during her first exam, as she doubted her ability to perform at the level required. To help her overcome this, we dedicated some time during the run up to the exam to exercises, such as pop quizzes, to help build her confidence and demonstrate that she has the ability to achieve great results. Following these sessions, Alexis started to enjoy the course again and became excited to sit her exam.