A 17-year-old apprentice from Mansfield who has gone from an admin support role to a trainee recruitment consultant is encouraging other young people to consider an apprenticeship ahead of the National Apprenticeship Week.
Sophie Bradley was taken on as an apprentice in admin support six months ago, thanks to Nottinghamshire training provider Positive Outcomes.
Since starting her placement at Teachers UK in Mansfield, Sophie has progressed on the programme at a rapid pace and is now training to become a recruitment consultant.
Sophie said she would recommend an apprenticeship to young people who were unsure what path to take after leaving school, as the route offered an income as well as the chance to learn and develop important skills.
She said: “Positive Outcomes has really helped me to see what path I want to take in life and my apprenticeship has given me all sorts of skills in a very short space of time.
“My training advisor from Positive Outcomes has been with me every step of the way and supports me when I need it. I think apprenticeships are a great choice and more young people should look into starting one.”
Sophie’s training advisor at Positive Outcomes Gemma Brown said Sophie was a shining example of how an apprenticeship can open doors to success.
She said: “Sophie is a placed apprentice and six months into her role she is doing exceptionally well.
“Her innovation and hard work have already been rewarded and she is currently training to be a recruitment consultant. She is looking at going from earning £100 per week into a career which not only offers an excellent basic salary but also uncapped commission plus lots of other benefits - and she is still only just 17.”
She added: “So far Sophie has completed more than requested, including full diary entries of her work and annotated examples of everything she has done. Sophie was offered a place in the Royal Navy, but has declined this offer to focus her efforts on completing her apprenticeship and is already thinking of her next qualification.”
The seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 3rd to 7th March with hundreds of events expected to take place across the country.
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