Lucy Aitken-Warburton has recently started her business administration apprenticeship with Stuarts Property Services as a marketing administrator. This is her story so far…
1. Why did you choose the apprenticeship route?
I chose the apprenticeship route because sixth form wasn’t for me. I had just completed my first year of AS levels (year 12) and went to get my results; they were not what I was hoping for. So, I left sixth form and decided that I had to find an apprenticeship (as you must be in some form of education or training until you’re 18. I think the main misunderstanding about apprenticeships is what an apprenticeship is and the work it requires! An apprenticeship isn’t easy. I always thought that being an apprentice meant that you could get away with doing little work and get a qualification at the end of your contract (I was so wrong!). You really do have to work hard to become an apprentice; you can’t get through an apprenticeship without the right work ethic! That said, I can honestly say that being an apprentice with Stuarts Property Services is the best thing I’ve done!
2. How did you find out about the role?
I found out about the role by chance really; I had applied for an apprenticeship at another company as a marketing administrator, but the position had already been filled. Damar then contacted me to say they would look for apprenticeships for me. At this point, I was working full time as a server and wasn’t happy as I wasn’t learning anything that would benefit my future career.
Damar Training were amazing in boosting my confidence and helping me find this apprenticeship! I attended the interview at Stuarts and can honestly say I love coming into work each day.
3. How have you progressed in your role so far?
I have progressed further than I ever thought I would in such a short amount of time as I am always learning something new. I have progressed so much in my short time here. My confidence has massively increased, and I’ve learnt so many new skills and understood a wider span of software. It really does amaze me as to how much I have learnt in such a short amount of time!
4. What are your future plans and how do you feel the training may support your development?
In the future, one of my goals is to set up and run my own business. This is a key aspiration of mine and I know that with Stuarts’ support, I can achieve this. As Stuarts is a smaller business, I know that I will be able to learn all aspects of running a business to help me set up my own business one day. I honestly know I will look back in years to come and know that Stuarts gave me the starting point I needed!
5. What advice would you give to other school or college leavers thinking about doing an apprenticeship?
If someone told me they were thinking about doing an apprenticeship, I would definitely tell them it is worth doing if you are the kind of person who likes the working environment and has a good work ethic! Otherwise you are going to waste your own time and the company’s if you do an apprenticeship which isn’t right for you. Apprenticeships are not right for everyone. Some people excel in the working environment whereas others are suited to an educational environment. I would also say that you should look into the company and do your research before taking on an apprenticeship. I am extremely grateful for Stuarts for taking me on as an apprentice!