Apprentice Week

Sophie Williams

What made you decide to start an apprenticeship?

I didn’t know what I wanted to do after school so I stayed on and did a year at sixth form, however I realised this wasn’t something I wanted to do for another year and I wanted to start earning money. I didn’t have any work experience and an apprenticeship was the best option for me to be able to get a job and be able to learn and experience a working environment as well as gaining a qualification. 

How old were you when you began your apprenticeship, and in what role did you start?

I was 17 when I started my role as an administration assistant.

What was your favourite thing about your apprenticeship, and have you benefited from this through the duration of your course?

When I started my apprenticeship, the company had only been trading a couple of months so the business only had 4/5 members of staff so everyone was learning together, I was able to visit some of our suppliers and customers which was a great opportunity for me and it helped me gain a lot of confidence.

It opened up so many opportunities, I became more independent and it enabled me to start driving. The company was very supportive and they wanted to help develop my skills and encouraged me to do additional courses such as First Aid and business development workshop days.

After a few years of being with Yorkshire Payments I was promoted to Applications Manager which was amazing, the company have been so supportive and gives young people the opportunity to gain skills and develop.

Since doing your first apprenticeship have you taken on any more apprenticeship courses? If so, why did you decide on this?

After I completed my business administration NVQ Level 2 I continued to develop my skills and started my NVQ Level 3 in customer service. I have now just completed a distinction in team leader/supervisor NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship and I am considering starting a departmental/operational management NVQ Level 5.

For a lot of young people deciding what they want to do after leaving education is tricky, why would you recommend they begin an apprenticeship?

I would definitely recommend considering an apprenticeship for people who don’t want to go to University. It allows you to earn while you learn, and you gain a qualification at the end of the course. There’s so many different types of apprenticeships out there to suit most kinds of industries you would like to work in. 

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The competition is open to charities based within the region of Yorkshire, UK only. 

There are two charity donation boxes available to win. Two individual charities will be selected as winners and each will receive one of the two charity boxes as a prize.

The prize does not include transaction fees associated with the use of the charity box. Each winning charity will be expected to pay the transaction fees. These amount to 1.5% of the total of any amount processed, plus 3 pence, per donation.

Only one entry per charity will be counted, and Yorkshire Payments reserves the right to ask competition winners to provide for proof of Charitable status. If a competition winner is unable to prove charitable status, Yorkshire Payments reserves the right to select an alternative winner.

The winning charities will be subject to a successful merchant application with AIBMS. The charity donation box will only be supplied if this application is accepted.

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