National Apprenticeship Week: An insight into apprenticeship life

6th February 2020 - News

This week marks the 13th National Apprenticeship Week, an initiative to celebrate the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities across England today.

Bethany Goodwin, 21, from Bilston, is nearing the end of her 18-month apprenticeship in business administration with Union Fasteners.

Bethany tells us: “I decided to do an apprenticeship as I didn’t want to do another 4+ years of education within a school setting, but knew I needed other qualifications to get into the job role I wanted. An apprenticeship was perfect for this.

“I have found the qualification very interesting and I like how it pushes my knowledge. My role at Union Fasteners involves invoicing orders the same day that they’re completed and arranging transport for these to be sent to customers, ordering supplies for the upkeep and maintenance of the copiers and raising test certificates for customers. I also assist with administrative tasks for the company directors.”

Bethany continues: “I have enjoyed my time working with the team at Union Fasteners. A particular highlight was when a customer had an issue involving the delivery of their order which I helped solve for them. The customer then informed our office manager that they were very thankful of my ongoing customer service.”

Bethany’s advice to someone looking to complete an apprenticeship scheme would be “to ensure you are willing to work hard and are open to working as part of a team. These were important values at Union Fasteners.”

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