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Bryony Rushton - former apprentice

Bryony was attracted to an apprenticeship by the opportunity to continue her education while earning at the same time.

She said: “I left secondary school with 13 GCSEs and then went to college for a year to study psychology, sociology, media and English literature.

“Although I enjoyed it, I wanted to try a new way of learning and develop new skills. After going to school for 12 years I wanted a break from the classroom environment, so an apprenticeship seemed like a great idea.”

After researching the various options online, Bryony successfully applied for Sanctuary’s apprenticeship scheme, aged 17.

Having completed her Level 2 Business and Administration apprenticeship, Bryony was offered a permanent position with Sanctuary as a senior admin assistant, based in Hull.

She said: “My day-to-day duties can vary so much, which is a big part of why I enjoy my role.

“I often find myself dealing with recruitment, assisting the Learning and Development team with preparing for training sessions, as well as booking hotels and train tickets for my colleagues.”

Bryony says her apprenticeship with Sanctuary has helped her develop not just professionally, but personally too.

She explained: “Working at Sanctuary has boosted my confidence massively, which has enabled me to develop in the workplace and outside. I have received endless support from my managers and colleagues.”

And Bryony would have no hesitation in recommending an apprenticeship to others.

She added: “I think Sanctuary’s apprenticeship scheme is amazing. It’s a great way to develop new skills, get a qualification and also earn money.”