I went to Healing School and graduated in 2010. I wanted to pursue a career in graphic design so I took BTEC ICT, photography and Graphics at A level.
I applied for Uni and went to visit a couple of them. At first I deferred for a year and then finally decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do and decided an apprenticeship would be more fitting.
My parents helped me to decide what I wanted to do and helped me apply for apprenticeships. It definitely helps to have someone to go through this with you, even if it’s a careers advisor or a teacher.
I started my apprenticeship in Business Administration at ENGIE in 2014, completing my NVQ Level 2 qualification. About a year and a half into my apprenticeship, my role was made permanent and I became a Management Systems Administrator.
Over time I became more involved within HR and when a job became available I applied. I am now the HR Assistant on the contract and have been with the company for almost 5 years. I have successfully completed my Level 3 & 5 CIPD in Human Resource Management.
One of the projects I get involved in is developing the programme of apprentice opportunities on contract. This involves working with schools, colleges and other learning providers to promote our opportunities within the partnership.
I’m really glad I took the path I did and feel that I have found as many opportunities here in North East Lincolnshire as I would have any where else.
Did you have a clear plan of what you wanted to do? How did it evolve over time? What role did ENGIE play in this?
I didn’t have a clear plan of where I wanted to do, when I started in this company I had no idea that HR is where I would end up. I was able to work in different areas of the business and get involved in many different aspects of HR including working with other contracts across ENGIE. This allowed me to gain experience and helped me to develop in my role. ENGIE also supported me with my qualifications which included time out of work to complete this.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?
I get to work with people, because every situation you deal with is different this means every day of the week is different and brings a new challenge.
What plans do you have for the future?
I would like to continue my learning and move on to the Level 7 CIPD in Human Resource Management. This would be equivalent to a degree.
Did you ever think about leaving NEL? Why did you choose to stay in the local area?
No, I enjoy working and living in this area. I work close to home and enjoy being close to friends and family.
Any advice for other young people about opportunities for work and education in the local area?
Not everybody knows what they want to do when they leave school or even when they leave college. Make sure to explore all options and don’t feel pressured into going down a particular route.