As Apprenticeship Specialist for Skills for Growth - SME Support, Suzanne McNicholas works with a wide variety of businesses and individuals, helping them to better understand apprenticeships as a whole, and to find the right training and providers to suit every individual's needs.
I am currently employed by Growth Company as an Apprentice Administrator and currently working towards a Business Administration Level 3 Apprenticeship. After graduating from University, I spent 18 months working within hospitality before I decided to change careers and move into administration. I had no prior experience of administration and a limited skill set; therefore, this was the main reason why I chose to do an apprenticeship. After researching, I found business administration apprenticeships advertised on the Growth Company’s website and decided to apply.
I am only in month 3 of my role and since starting my apprenticeship, my IT and organisation skills have already started to improve. At first I thought it would be difficult to learn and work at the same time, however my line manager has been understanding and really supportive in ensuring I have the time I need in order to complete the work for my apprenticeship.
For my apprenticeship, I have been assigned a tutor who is really supportive and is there to help if I have any questions or need any of the work explaining. Doing an apprenticeship has enabled me to learn the necessary skills and gain valuable experience. Also, there is the added benefit of earning whilst learning, which helped to attract me towards an apprenticeship.
If you're an SME interested in hiring an apprentice, talk to our Apprenticeship Specialist Suzanne McNicholas and the team on 0161 237 4444, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Growth Company is an award-winning, not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to enable growth, create jobs and improve lives. We provide individuals and businesses with a wide range of services that improve employment, skills, investment and enterprise for the benefit of all, and have been working in the Greater Manchester city region for more than 30 years.
This project receives funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme.
Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.