I was attracted by the concept of learning on the job rather than classroom based teaching as this is something I personally struggle with. An apprenticeship met my requirements perfectly.

Business administration apprentice | Stepping Hill Hospital

Through hard work and dedication, Sam Burnett from Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has completed his apprenticeship in just six months as opposed to the standard timeframe of 12 months which is a remarkable achievement for both Sam and his Damar trainer, Lyn Usher.

As a result, Sam recently secured himself a new role as a PA on a higher banding than expected.

Here is his story so far.

What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?

I was attracted by the concept of learning on the job rather than classroom based teaching as this is something I personally struggle with. An apprenticeship met my requirements perfectly. I was able to earn a qualification alongside working and did not need to go to college.

What did your role as an apprentice entail?

I assisted the PA to the Director, Deputy Director and Associates of Finance with general day-to-day duties. This included arranging meetings, maintaining filing systems and delivering stationery to recipients from around the trust. Alongside this, I also aided other departments completing duties such as logging invoices in The Creditor Payments department and retrieving pricings from suppliers within the Procurement department. The experiences and skills I gained working in different departments allowed me to enhance my CV.

What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?

I have enjoyed many things about my apprenticeship, mainly though meeting a range of different people and working within different areas of the hospital’s finance department which I have found fascinating.

What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?

The highlight of my apprenticeship was completing my qualification a lot earlier that I had expected which meant I could then start applying for roles which I felt would help me in achieving my desired job.

How has your apprenticeship helped you with your career?

It has certainly opened up doors for me. Without my qualification and experience as a PA, I would not have passed the requirements to qualify for my current job role: PA to the Director of Medicine as well as three business managers. Completing my apprenticeship really helped me to progress my career.

Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?

I was unsure of the career path I wanted to pursue after school but was aware I learn best by putting knowledge into practice and seeing immediate results. If you feel the same, you should definitely consider enrolling on an apprenticeship. Completing my apprenticeship has allowed me to gain a qualification, build on my skills and experiences and launch a career.

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