National Apprenticeship Week at Concertus

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. Two years ago we welcomed our first apprentice into the Business; Alice Cruz who successfully completed the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Business Administration and upon completion got promoted into a Business Assistant role. This year we welcome our second apprentice; Lorelei Cruz who is working towards the same apprenticeship.

Alice:

‘My apprenticeship involved gaining an insight into the core day to day running of the Business Team. The supportive members taught me whilst also letting me complete the tasks, it meant I was able to learn whilst doing which was great. I was also supported with time to sit and study each week. I am so grateful to of been given the opportunity to gain the qualifications in this way which has given me a job that I love, which wouldn’t be the case if it wasn’t for the apprenticeship.’

How long have you been at Concertus?

I joined the Concertus team on 10th July 2017. It took me one year to complete my apprenticeship course.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I was encouraged to consider an apprenticeship by a colleague at my previous job. She explained the benefits of being able to learn and earn at the same time. I have a strong desire to learn and was keen to gain a qualification which would enable me to have a career change.

How has your apprenticeship changed you in work and outside of work?

My self-confidence has significantly increased throughout my apprenticeship journey. I pushed myself to complete my apprenticeship earlier than predicted. This gave me the belief that I can achieve anything I put my mind to, both professionally and on a personal level. I now answer proudly when people ask me what I do for work.

How has Concertus supported you?

The Business Team were brilliant at mentoring me. Everyone in the team spent time with me teaching me what they do and I learnt all the pieces of the puzzle that come together to support the Business. It was interesting, enjoyable and it taught me more than I could of done if it wasn’t an on-the-job course. The leadership were really supportive and flexible with offering me study leave to concentrate on my coursework and exams. I felt like they were on the journey with me, guiding and helping me to succeed.   

Lorelei:

‘I wanted to start my career within an office environment, but I didn’t have the qualifications or experience, so when I heard about the apprenticeship I knew it would the perfect choice for me. I am excited for my future at Concertus and I have already started to learn new things every day. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.’

How long have you been at Concertus?

I have been at Concertus for two months and I already feel part of the team!

Why did you choose to get an apprenticeship?

Having heard Alice’s success story, I knew I wanted to join a team which would support my progression into a new career.

What do you hope to gain from the apprenticeship?

A key area I am interested in is learning how a business operates successfully. My on-the-job training will allow my experience to be built upon and assist in achieving a valuable qualification.

How have Concertus supported you so far?

I have regular meetings to monitor my progress and have been given the necessary resources required to complete my apprenticeship by the deadline.