Human Resources Assistant Laura Evans found that her apprenticeship gave her the head start she needed to begin her career when she successfully secured a position at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC).
Laura began her Business Administration apprenticeship in the mailroom of RMBC, where she quickly learned about the different departments in the organisation as she developed her knowledge of the systems and processes used at RMBC.
Determined to establish a career in a business environment, Laura started her apprenticeship straight from school, in order to give herself as much experience as possible.
“I really wanted the opportunity to go into work and thought it would be the best learning environment for me,” Laura said. “I was also motivated by the fact that I would earn a wage whilst I was learning, as well as the possibility of being able to progress within the company.”
After completing her apprenticeship, Laura applied for a role within the Human Resources department and was appointed as a full-time member of staff.
She is now responsible for managing the recruitment packs that are supplied for candidates who apply for roles, which is a vital part of the recruitment process and has to be carried out thoroughly as errors could lead to the organisation incurring fines.
Alongside her new role, Laura also acts as an ambassador of apprenticeships for RMBC, speaking to young people about the positive impact an apprenticeship has had on her career so far.
“I always tell people to consider an apprenticeship, even if they haven’t heard much about them at school,” Laura said. “It was the best way to progress for me as I was able to learn from the people around me.”
Sandra Gabriel, HR Officer at RMBC, praised Laura’s work ethic and achievements and expressed her view on the advantage of having an apprenticeship on your CV, saying;
“Apprenticeships are brilliant because they show someone has experience in a real working environment and is used to the expectations of a workplace.
It also gives someone the opportunity to decide what they would like to specialise in and so is a great advantage to have.”