Congratulations to Daniel Cromby at JB Leitch Ltd who was awarded Damar’s Apprentice of the Month in February 2017!
Daniel is currently enjoying his role as an Assistant Legal Cashier in which he undertook the intermediate legal administration apprenticeship.
Here is his story so far…
Why did you decide to start an apprenticeship?
Ever since I started sixth form, I knew university wasn’t for me. With an apprenticeship, you earn a salary and the experience of working full time in a professional environment. In comparison, you pay a huge fee to attend university and you aren’t even guaranteed a job at the end of it. An apprenticeship gives you the chance to start at the bottom and work your way up without incurring educational fees.
What was the apprenticeship recruitment process like?
The apprenticeship recruitment process was great. I signed up to a couple of websites and was contacted about the apprenticeship opportunity at JB Leitch. The next stage involved answering a couple of questions on myself and why I wanted the job. After sending off my responses, I received a reply within a few days and was invited to interview. I was then offered the job the following Monday and started my apprenticeship the week after that. I can’t fault the recruitment system. It was well structured and I was kept well updated.
What did your role as an apprentice entail?
As an apprentice, I was involved in helping with day-to-day payments in the firm including creating invoices. Now that I have finished my apprenticeship, I have gone on to do more jobs and different roles within finance i.e. payment allocation. We work to a time scaled schedule so clients receive their money on time which keeps me very busy.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
Yes, most schools advise that university is the next step but that isn’t the case. You can go down the apprenticeship route and gain experience whilst getting paid. It’s always good to get as much experience as possible and this is what apprenticeships offer. There are thousands of qualifications you can gain through an apprenticeship that can be just as valuable as those gained through a degree.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement so far is progressing into three different roles. I finished my apprenticeship in January and was offered a promotion the following month. With an apprenticeship, it gives you the chance to progress into different roles and develop your personal skills along with your work skills.
Daniel’s Damar trainer, Katie A. Davies comments:
“Initially it seemed like quite a challenge to complete the legal administration course as Daniel was working within the finance team however, it is a testament to Daniel’s commitment and hard work that he has worked through the course within 12 months. The standard of Daniel’s work throughout was excellent and his Apprentice of the Month award was well deserved. It has been a pleasure working with Daniel over the last year and I wish him every luck in his future career”.