Our Business Administration Apprentice, Bethany Goodwin, has been shortlisted in the inaugural ‘Ladder for Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards’. These awards aim to celebrate the most talented apprentices across the Greater Birmingham region, as well as the employers who are supporting them.
We are all very proud of Bethany and delighted to introduce her to you!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Bethany Goodwin, a business administration apprentice at Union Fasteners. After passing my GCSEs, I attended college and studied A Levels in Psychology, Sociology and Communication & Culture. Immediately after completing my A Levels, I then began my apprenticeship at Union Fasteners.
How are you finding the qualification so far?
I have found it interesting learning about the industry and have enjoyed learning the different processes that take place within this.
What does your role with Union Fasteners entail?
My role involves me inputting sales orders and purchase orders into the system on a daily basis, as well as ordering supplies for the upkeep and maintenance of the copiers. I am also required to assist directors with booking appointments to visit customers and booking hotels when needed. I am also responsible for raising test certificates for customers.
What are your thoughts on being shortlisted for the Outstanding Apprentice of the Year award in Financial and Business Services?
It’s really exciting! I am so appreciative of my daily work being noticed and rewarded.
Why did you choose to undertake an apprenticeship with Union Fasteners?
I chose to join the team at Union Fasteners as they are a local company who have the potential to grow and expand. Also, all of the staff are very friendly and are always willing to help others.
What do you think are the advantages of apprenticeships?
At the end of the qualification, you have already gained the experience needed to carry out the job role, meaning you could potentially have a better chance of getting a job in that field. Everything you learn is put into practice in the workplace – this massively speeds up the learning process as you actually ‘do’ things rather than just writing about them.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in Financial and Business Services?
The best advice is to always be willing to try new things, as a career in Financial and Business Services covers a range of tasks. You also need to be willing to put in the time and effort in order to be successful in this job role.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I see myself settled in a successful job placement, hopefully working my way up in my job role.
On behalf of everyone at Union Fasteners, we would like to wish Bethany the best of luck for the awards which will take place on Thursday 4th July – fingers crossed!