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National Apprenticeship Week 2019: Bethany’s story

National Apprenticeship Week 2019: Bethany’s story

Hi, my name is Bethany and I’m a HR Apprentice at Together Housing.

I had known for quite some time that I’d like to undertake an apprenticeship, so when I saw an advert on social media for an apprenticeship with Together Housing it seemed like a great opportunity. I knew that completing an apprenticeship in business administration would really benefit me in the future.

I’m based at Prospect House, our office in Blackburn, but each day really varies. We have a flexi-time policy which means I can start anytime between 7:30 – 10:00 am and once I have completed my 7 hours 24 minutes a day I can finish when I like. I normally arrive to work at around 7:45am and I leave at about 3:30pm.

My day to day work usually involves answering emails and chasing probations, as these are an important part of everybody’s employment. I also type up disciplinaries, which means I will listen to disciplinary cases and type notes from them, which is an interesting part of my job.

No two days are the same and I face new challenges everyday, which I’m able to overcome and accomplish before I finish and go home. I enjoy that no two days are the same, and that you are constantly working with different members of staff every day. I never get asked the same question twice and I know there will always be something different about each and every day which is what is what makes it fun.

All of the apprentices here at Together Housing are working towards qualifications, which is really rewarding. I'm currently in the middle of completing a level 2 business admin qualification, which I'm going to progress with.

The most challenging part of my job is making sure I keep up to date with all of my work at all times. Sometimes there might be times where I feel like I am drowning in work, which is when I sit down and plan how I am going to remain organised and what I’m going to do about it.

I attended college for 2 years before I applied for this apprenticeship and I can honestly say it’s not the same, at college you are told what to do and when to do it. Working for Together Housing, I am the adult and I tell myself what to do. There is also a lot more responsibility when you go to work, which is good because it allows you to mature and grow.

My next steps hopefully will be aiming to secure a job within the company, within a team that I have already shadowed and have an interest in. In the future, I’d love to become a Repairs Team Coordinator, as I have a very keen interest in the repairs team and the work they do.

Keep an eye on the website for upcoming apprenticeship days. We’ll be announcing further details soon on the Together Housing Careers page and on our social media pages. In the meantime have a look at our recruitment site here, where you will find all our current vacancies. 

 

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