Charlotte Knight moves into a great job following her completion of the L3 Business Administration apprenticeship as a mature student.

Case Studies

When both my children were settled in secondary school and after working in Education for 10 years, I decided it was time to pursue a career in business. Business had always been an interest of mine but I had very little knowledge or experience.

I looked at options that were best suited to my own personal circumstances. Apprenticeships seemed to be the perfect choice. I found a website called Find an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships were something I was very interested in, to be able to gain experience, knowledge, obtain a qualification and grow in confidence all while being in paid employment.

I was worried that I was to old to to be an apprentice as I always assumed they were for 16-24 year olds.

However I began applying for vacancies that were of interest to me. I found one with Achievement Training. I had already been a student here gaining my Support Teaching and Learning qualification, so the center felt familiar.

When I was selected for interview, I was made to feel at ease regarding my age and all my concerns were dealt with.

When I was selected for the role as the admin apprentice within the admissions, apprentices and marketing office, I knew instantly I had made the right choice. My line manager Tracy Barnes has supported me throughout my qualification, she has been the best mentor allowing me to grow and develop as well as learn from my mistakes. She has given me constructive criticism when needed and praise also, all of these things have helped my ability and confidence.

Tracy has been truly fantastic, patient and understanding, especially when it comes to any personal time needed with my children and in supporting me completely with any course work or tasks that needed to be ticked off regarding my qualification.

I would highly recommend apprenticeships and Achievement Training to anyone, including my own children when the times comes.

Since gaining a distinction on her Level 3 Apprenticeship, Charlotte gained a job at Plymouth Community Homes as a full-time administrator, she loves her new job and has recently been promoted to a senior administrator.