National Apprenticeship Week: Apprenticeships kick start your career

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re shining the spotlight on a successful apprentice each day, this week.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on business apprentices Lucy Walsh and Sarah BondBusiness administration apprentice Sarah Bond.

Sarah Bond has secured full time employment with Rock Oil after her business administration apprenticeship came to an end and is now helping to train the company’s newest apprentice.

Her employers were so impressed with Sarah’s progress during her apprenticeship that she was given the responsibility of looking after the company’s UK motorcycle distribution – one of their biggest markets.

Michele Walker, Sales Officer Manager at Rock Oil, said: “Sarah has been taken on permanently at Rock Oil. She goes from strength to strength and takes everything in her stride, relishing any challenge thrown at her.

“She is constantly learning and volunteering for new tasks, even being involved in the training up of Charlotte, our new apprentice.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to see Sarah grow in confidence. She is a valued and popular member of the Rock Oil team and she contributes significantly to the efficient and smooth running of the sales office. She is a great asset to the company and we consider hers to be a success story!”

Sarah said: “The apprenticeship helped as before it I was not very confident, but since being an apprentice I am much more comfortable speaking to new people and customers, having gained valuable communication skills. I have gained invaluable experience in sales and administration and this in turn has encouraged me to try to actively develop my role within the company. I feel very much valued and part of a close-knit team and as I am now employed full time I feel I have great opportunities ahead.”

Business administration apprentice Lucy Walsh

Currently working as part of Warrington Collegiate’s Learner Services team, Lucy Walsh opted for an apprenticeship after finding that full time college was not the right path for her.

She said: “An apprenticeship gives you great experience and helps your career prospects. I love working at Warrington Collegiate because everyone is so friendly and welcoming.”

Lucy’s daily role involves processing applications and enrolments, helping out at college events, arranging interviews for potential students and dealing with enquiries.

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