Asa Buckley, Shannan Errington and Sophie Moore started working at the Chamber as part of their Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeships run through Doncaster College, and will continue indefinitely in their posts as Business Administrators.
As part of their apprenticeship work, they have gained experience in all business aspects of the membership organisation from finance and international trade services to marketing and communications.
“We welcomed our three apprentices straight from school and they were quick to jump in and get involved with all aspects of the Chamber’s activities. They’ve been a huge asset to the team and our members and I know that just one year on they feel a lot more confident in the world of work,” says Tina Slater, business & education manager for Doncaster Chamber.
The apprentices most valued the trust from colleagues as they were given opportunities that go above and beyond the stereotypical apprenticeship tasks. Says Asa: “My best experiences so far have been interviewing Ed Miliband MP at the Doncaster Business Conference in front of 150 business people and my involvement with the Doncaster Skills Academy which involves going into schools to help raise students’ career aspirations and work readiness. I’m excited to continue with my involvement with the Doncaster Skills Academy as well as grab any further opportunities that come my way in the near future.”
The Chamber will continue to support the professional development of their three new permanent recruits as Shannan looks to study digital marketing, Sophie begins a bookkeeping qualification and Asa considers further study options that will benefit both himself and the Chamber.
Asa continues: “I would definitely endorse young people to open up their options and consider applying for apprenticeships at various levels as they give you a chance to break out of the classroom and gain valuable work experience whilst earning a qualification in the process.
“I would encourage others not to have tunnel vision towards only the academic route but to consider all options including university, apprenticeships, and traineeships. Then once you’ve looked at all the options make the decision by putting yourself and your interests first.”
The Doncaster Skills Academy works with schools and colleges to help young people raise their aspirations, gain the employability skills required, consider their career options, and connect them with businesses for work experience, apprenticeships and full-time employment.
For further information please contact Tina Slater, Business & Education Manager. Tel. 01302 640100 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org