A picture of Faisal's story

After completing a National Diploma in Business and an A-Level in Sociology, Faisal Zaib was ready to start at the University of Worcester to study Business Management, which he’d already been offered a place on.

However, after doing some research into what sort of career he actually wanted, Faisal started looking into accountancy careers and found that the AAT qualification with Sanctuary was a great gateway to a successful career in accountancy.

Having started at Sanctuary in the rents admin team, Faisal went on to become a Higher Finance Apprentice in the accounts payable team, later winning the Excellence in Accountancy award at the Worcestershire Group Training Association Apprenticeship Awards in 2015.

During his apprenticeship, Faisal took the opportunity to be involved in an employee volunteering project and worked with other Sanctuary apprentices to create a promotional film for a local disability charity.

On completing his level 4 apprenticeship in 2016, Faisal was offered a full time job with Sanctuary as a Development Administrator. His role involves providing administrative support for the development team, ranging from raising purchase orders to collating and sending reports of weekly valuation payments to various departments.

He has now been selected as a mentor for two of Sanctuary’s current apprentices and as a Young Apprenticeship Ambassador for West Midlands Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network with three current Sanctuary apprentices. This role will see them striving to inspire the next generation of apprentices.

Faisal said: “My apprenticeship has helped me develop my skills and grow key strengths, which I can now use to build a successful career in the finance and accounting world.

“It was life changing for me and opened up so many doors. I was given the chance to gain relevant qualifications, whilst getting valuable work experience and at the end of it being debt free, how can you say no?”