Rebecca Gallagher has recently completed her intermediate business admin apprenticeship whilst working as a HR apprentice at Brookfield Rose. She has had an exceptional year in the role, starting with little knowledge of office work let alone HR. During her time in the role, she has enthusiastically taken on more responsibility, managing the recruitment process from end to end as well as other admin tasks. She is well known and liked throughout the business and has now been promoted to HR Administrator. Rebecca will shortly embark on her CIPD Introductory Certificate.
Here’s what Rebecca has to say about her apprenticeship.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I have always been very enterprising and thrived in environments where I am able to put my practical skills into play. I have always known I wanted to work and develop my skill set in a real life environment, rather than continue onto higher education. This is why an apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity for me.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
My day to day role can be as diverse as managing our internal recruitment strategy to training employees on our HR system. I love the variety that my role brings and the opportunity to work across all departments in the business.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
In my role I have enjoyed working with and reporting into my line manager. She has encouraged and supported me from day one and gives me excellent guidance and training on a daily basis.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
My personal highlight has been implementing and having ownership of the company’s internal recruitment process. I have really enjoyed working on this project and seeing it come to life. The fact that my colleagues now directly approach me on this aspect of HR, as well as others, I see as a success.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
I personally took time to really think about where I excelled, where my strengths lie and how I envisaged my future career. Knowing university wasn’t best suited to me, I decided to explore the national apprenticeship website to see what kind of apprenticeships were on offer. I quickly realised there was a wide variety of opportunities available, some of which were perfect for me. The apprenticeship route offered me the chance to both earn and learn, and I haven’t looked back since. When it comes to employment, there are so many options to consider, so I would encourage school leavers to speak to people who really enjoy their jobs and find out how they got into their role.
Sarah Marrow, Group Head of HR at The Brookfield Rose Group says:
“The Brookfield Rose group are passionate about investing in talent and introducing young people into the world of work through apprenticeships. We recruited Rebecca Gallagher as a HR apprentice through Damar Training and since the first day she started, Rebecca has been an asset to our organisation”.
Debbie Barker, trainer at Damar, adds:
“Rebecca has been an exceptional student right from the beginning. The quality and standard of work submitted has always been very high despite a busy workload and holding down a weekend job where she works both Saturday and Sunday. She has shown great commitment in completing her work and even with the limited free time she has available, she has always met her timescales. The level of responsibility she has taken on within her role is commendable and she provides support to various departments where she displays a real ‘can do’ attitude. Within her role, Rebecca has worked hard to adapt a spreadsheet which tracks various information and she has developed it to the point where it is now valuable source of information and relied upon in various departments within the business”.