A picture of Georgia's story

It was the opportunity to build a career and gain qualifications and practical experience on the job that attracted Georgia to the Sanctuary apprenticeship programme.

Georgia she says she has found exactly what she was looking for as an apprentice with Sanctuary Students, based at Don Gratton House student accommodation in London.

“Since leaving school in 2015 I had been looking for a career path I would enjoy. I tried a few jobs, working in children’s nurseries and a bookshop, but none that I felt I wanted to pursue as a career.

“An apprenticeship offered me the chance to learn and gain a qualification while getting the practical experience that is so important to employers.”

A year into her apprenticeship, Georgia is studying Business and Administration at Level Three while enjoying working in the busy and varied field of student accommodation.

She said: “My role involves working at reception, dealing with telephone and face-to-face enquiries, co-ordinating repairs, assisting with room checks and ensuring the students enjoy living at Don Gratton House.

“It combines administration with customer interaction, which I really enjoy, and no two days are ever the same.”

Georgia has successfully achieved her NVQ Level One ICT and Level Two Business and Administration Apprenticeship.

Georgia gained a permanent role in April 2018 and is continuing to work towards the completion of the level 3 apprenticeship.

“During my time at Sanctuary Students I have had a thorough training programme, receiving ongoing support and guidance with my coursework and day-to-day responsibilities.

“My apprenticeship has helped me gain self-confidence, learn the importance of customer care and gain an understanding of the difference between the bigger picture of business and the smaller picture of individual needs.

“I have enjoyed the whole process and the opportunity to find a career path I know I will enjoy. I would thoroughly recommend an apprenticeship to others as a great way to learn and gain experience.”