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5 March 2019

Shareen works as a HR Administrator apprentice at YMCA St Paul’s Group. She started on Monday, 5th November 2018. We caught up with her to find out why she chose an apprenticeship at YMCA St Paul’s Group and how she is getting on.


What interested you in an apprentice position?

The ability to work whilst gaining a qualification is the perfect balance for me as a working mum.

Why did you choose to be an apprentice over studying in a college or university?

The only time I excelled in college was during my 2 previous apprenticeships so I stuck to what I know I am good at.

How is an apprenticeship different from a normal role in an organisation?

In an apprenticeship, you aren’t expected to know everything and you get a lot of help and support to help you grow and progress in your role so that by the end of your apprenticeship, you are a perfect fit for the role and the organisation.

Briefly describe what you do at work.

I am involved in the annual leave and sickness processes, assisting with ‘Learning & Development’ administration tasks and currently training in the new HR programme so I can become a part of the Shared Services team as well.

How much studying do you have to do?

I study anywhere between 1 to 3 days a month including days at college.

What support do you get from a tutor?

I have monthly sessions in the workplace with a tutor – either review or support sessions. I also see my other tutor at least once for the classroom part of my apprenticeship at college.

What do you want to get out of your apprenticeship?

My CIPD qualification, experience and knowledge to progress in my HR career.

What are your longer term career goals?

Long-term career goals involve a role in HR although I am not sure in which HR direction that will be yet.

What is your advice to others who may be thinking about becoming an apprentice?

Becoming an apprentice is the best of both worlds. You get to work and earn whilst developing yourself and gaining qualifications. If you are not so great at everyday classroom learning, this could be for you.

5 March 2019