Shauna Ball is undertaking an advanced apprenticeship in business administration with Stockport Council. She is currently completing a work placement with Wates, the building and construction company, working on a project building the new Stockport Complex.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I was planning on going to university but I saw this opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. Earning whilst learning is something that intrigued me. I was intending to study Business at university but am learning all the same stuff here. I’m also gaining hands on experience and a qualification all for free.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
In my role, my duties and tasks vary day to day. I could be doing many things from printing and filing to ordering stationary which all fit in with the units in my apprenticeship. I take them on and am able to prioritise the tasks in order of which to do first.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
The main thing I have enjoyed is getting to know my team and the people that I work with. The atmosphere is always positive in the office and everyone is always smiling. This is something that makes me enjoy my apprenticeship a lot more.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
The main highlight of my apprenticeship is getting nominated for Apprentice of the Year in The Property and Construction Awards 2016 by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. I was nominated for this less than two months into my apprenticeship. I think this is amazing because my team has not seen my full potential yet. I was nominated for this award because of my dedication to the job and how hard-working I am.
Have you got any advice for people looking for the right career path?
Go with your gut instincts. Although I had been accepted into university, I knew this was not the right path for me and that I wanted to start an apprenticeship. So, I went with my instincts and I’m so happy that I did.
Alison Aldred, Shauna’s Damar trainer comments:
“In a short amount of time, Shauna has integrated well within her team and has really proven her worth. It is an incredible achievement for Shauna to have been entered into these awards after a mere two months in her role. Shauna should be incredibly proud of herself. She is a delightful and hard-working apprentice and I have no doubt that this is the just start of a very exciting career for Shauna”.