My name is Tazmin Mansbridge (centre above) and I am a Marketing Apprentice at England Associates. In the past five years we have had a total of six apprentices with some real success stories. I decided to look into more about why apprentices choose England Associates.
I have recently spoken to two of the team who have worked as apprentices with us here to learn more about their experience. Kylie Wan (right above) is one of our current apprentices studying for her Level 4 AAT in our Accounts department, Tanisha Noice (left above)completed her Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship in 2016 and I am a Level 3 Marketing Apprentice who has been with England Associates for the last 10 months.
Kylie Wan explained that she originally decided to do her Level 3 AAT as an Accounts Assistant as she was initially unsure that she wanted to do after college and it was a good opportunity to get some skills while she was deciding on what to do next. However she turned this into a long term commitment and decided to continue to develop in this role starting the Level 4 in August this year. In her role she expressed that she learnt a variety of accounting and financial skills including credit control, bookkeeping, bank reconciliations and many more whilst getting her formal qualifications at college.
Kylie continued with “In regards to my apprenticeship England Associates has been highly supportive. The business made sure that the flexibility available and my income was correct in relation to the development of my skills and career. I have to give a special thanks to my manager in regards to all this.”
Tanisha Noice first joined England Associates as Level 2 Business Administration apprentice in 2015. After 12 months of hard work she then completed her apprenticeship and promoted to a Business Support Coordinator.
However Tanisha was ambitious and didn’t stop there, deciding to take an opportunity to become a Trainee Resourcer a few months later and now further progressed to be a Trainee Recruitment Consultant billing over £6,000 this October 2017.
Tanisha revealed “I decided to become an apprentice in level 2 Business Admin with England Associates to gain knowledge and experience of how a small business functions; with the bonus of the help of it developing my skill set. England Associates gave me a lot of support and guidance throughout my whole apprenticeship.”
She studying alongside an apprenticeship company called FNTC to which she felt sure of security in completion.
When asked what advice they would give to someone who is looking at an apprenticeship they added:
Tanisha: “I recommend England Associates as it is a brilliant company to work for. They have always promoted career development and have an amazing support structure.”
Kylie: “England Associates is a small but growing business. It is always keen to bring on new apprentices. They will invest as much time and money that you need to complete your apprenticeship. I would recommend them as an employer.”
I began my journey as a Marketing Apprentice when I attended a Careers Fair in Havant & Southdowns College. I was initially not going to go due to I was still recovering from some personal problems which lead me to be unable to carry on my A-Levels with the college. However my parents encouraged me to attend and it was here that I was lucky enough to be introduced to Marie Malyon; she had a stall at the Careers fair. She gave me her details in how to contact her for more information and now Marie is my Manager at England Associates.
My experience with England Associates and Havant & Southdowns College as an apprentice has been fun and educational. It has offered me many ways to develop my skills set based around different projects I support from designing business cards through to writing articles for our website (like this one).
If you would like to know more about becoming an apprentice with England Associates; then please apply by sending me a copy of your CV or if you would just like to know more information then please email me at T.firstname.lastname@example.org.