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Gabi Smith completes apprenticeship and secures full-time employment

Congratulations to Gabriella Smith who has successfully achieved her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration and has secured full-time employment with Biochemica!

Gabi attended Bede Sixth Form College and studied Psychology, Theology, Philosophy & Ethics, and Health and Social Care and decided that after finishing her A-Level’s she’d look for an apprenticeship over going to university to study a degree. Gabi commented: “I think that apprenticeships give you the experience of the workplace that you want to work in alongside gaining the qualifications to do so.

“The practical aspect of learning gives you valuable experience and a lot of confidence whereas I don’t think university does as much.”

After searching the National Apprenticeship Service for apprenticeship opportunities, Gabi found a vacancy with Biochemica as an Administration Assistant and was offered the apprenticeship after attending an interview. A typical day in Gabi’s job role is ensuring that customer’s orders are processed and sent out on time, dealing with customer and supplier queries on the phone and by email, passing on messages to colleagues, greeting customers, and handling & distributing email.

Employers recognise the added value that apprentices bring to their business and are allowing more and more apprenticeship achievers to reach their career goals by providing them with full-time role within their business. The rate of employers keeping on their apprentices is increasing each year, in 2014 the Skills Funding Agency reported that 90% of apprentices stay in employment after completing their apprenticeship and Gabi is one of these people. After completing her apprenticeship, Biochemica offered Gabi a full-time position within the company and has accepted the opportunity!

Gabi worked towards and successfully achieved her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration and achieved her Level 2 Functional Skills ICT within the programme. Completing the qualification and achieving full-time employment is a fantastic achievement her journey where Gabi holds an exciting and promising future ahead of her. Her Training Advisor Carrie Robinson commented: “Gabi has been fantastic throughout her apprenticeship and worked hard throughout the programme to achieve her qualification. It’s great to see how much her confidence has grown over the 12 months of the programme.”

Gabi answered a few questions regarding her experience as an apprentice:

What piece of advice would you give to a young person looking for their first job?
Advice that I would give to a young person looking for their first job is to make sure that you chose a job which you are interested in even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want your career to be in, always try your best, be enthusiastic and don’t be afraid to ask for help from colleagues/managers.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career here?
The most rewarding thing about beginning my career here has been gaining experience and confidence that I will take with me in anything that I go on to do in the future. I have learnt a lot of new skills and met a lot of great people.

Is there anything that you would have done differently knowing what you know now?
I wouldn’t do anything differently because I have tried my best in everything that I have done and asked for help whenever I’ve needed it and I have learnt a lot.

If you’re an apprentice and you want to follow Gabi’s footsteps, why not apply for an apprenticeship and see how we can help. If you’re an employer and you want to take on an apprentice, contact us and we will discuss your options.

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