Career Progression

My year as an Enterprise apprentice

While studying for my A levels, I was struggling to make a decision, like many other people my age, on whether or not to go university. It had always seemed the obvious route. It had been encouraged throughout my education and seemed to be the most common choice among my peers.

However, I wasn’t entirely sure about what I wanted from my future and I came to the conclusion if I went to university I wouldn’t be going for the right reasons.

I ended up enrolling in an apprenticeship programme with Enterprise after meeting Beth Freemantle, one of the talent acquisition specialists, who listened to my interests. We met at a careers fair which was held at my college and I found Beth to be approachable and informative about the careers Enterprise could offer. It’s so important to make the most of careers fairs and speak to the companies who attend them.

I was taken on in the HR department while completing a Level 3 Business Administration Diploma. Knowing a little about Enterprise, and absolutely nothing about the corporate environment, I began my year-long apprenticeship after taking my exams and leaving formal education in July.

This year has been invaluable. I have developed both personally and professionally thanks to the consistent support from all of my colleagues. I feel incredibly lucky to be working for a company that cares so much about progressing its employees.

I have been given abundant opportunities. I have attended conferences and seminars, joined our Charity Committee and the Wellness Committee. I am always given the opportunity to present ideas to my department.

This year has been invaluable. I have developed both personally and professionally thanks to the consistent support from all of my colleagues.

I am part of a Lean In circle, a female support network. I have some incredible mentors who have been instrumental to my development over the year. I have been wholly included in my department and made to feel an integral part of my team.

All of this has happened alongside studying for my apprenticeship. I have been completely surprised by the support I have been given. I have yet to come across someone who doesn’t have the time for me. Everyone is always happy to knowledge-share and I have been shown time and time again that Enterprise is exactly the sort of place where people get what they need.

I feel I have hugely benefitted from continuing to study while working. For anyone who isn’t sure about going to university but isn’t quite ready to delve fully into the world of work, I highly recommend an apprenticeship with Enterprise.

It’s a fantastic way to join a global business and gain extremely useful experience while being developed and eased into the demands of your job role. Our promote-from-within culture also means that you have a great start with a business that wants you to progress.

by Meg Barr

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