If you're a practical person like me, and the school learning environment isn't for you or you simply cannot decide what you want to do, then why not earn while you learn?

HR, at Force HQ of GMP

1. What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?

I was eager to gain first-hand experience of the work environment that I aspire to have a career in. I felt that enrolling for an apprenticeship was my first step in order to gain more knowledge and get a better understanding of what career path would be right for me.

2. What does your role as an apprentice entail?

I’m currently working in Greater Manchester Police (GMP) as a Business Administration Apprentice in Human Recourses (HR). Being in HR I have a lot of responsibility to ensure information is kept accurate and confidential. My daily duties can vary from attending interesting meetings about GMP’s movement and progression to answering emails and calls or updating GMP’s systems. I have also arranged events for the HR Branch and Senior Leadership Teams across the force. Other main duties consist of processing documents, filing, storing and retrieving information when requested.

3. What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?

I have enjoyed all of the opportunities that being an apprentice has presented. As well as working with my team in HR, I have had the ability to shadow and work with other teams across GMP. In addition, I have had the privilege to interact and learn new skills from people within the organisation that I would never have met before. This apprenticeship has allowed me to understand the jobs that GMP offer and establish a career plan for myself.

4. What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?

I would say that I have had a few highlights during my apprenticeship, one of them being the opportunity to present a HR Guidance Pack which I created and pitched to the managers across Greater Manchester Police. In addition, I was named ‘Damar’s Apprentice of the Month’ which was presented to me by my trainer and the Chief Constable of GMP at an awards ceremony.

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

If you’re a practical person like me, and the school learning environment isn’t for you or you simply cannot decide what you want to do, then why not earn while you learn? Being in the professional working environment you absorb and learn so much faster. You also gain creditable work experience and open the doors to many more opportunities which will help you to progress into the full-time career that you know you will enjoy.

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