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Mariam Asif - business and administration apprentice

Knowing she wanted to learn in a working environment rather than heading to university, Mariam made the decision to leave sixth form college and look for an apprenticeship opportunity instead.

And after starting her apprenticeship with Sanctuary in November 2017, aged 17, Mariam has no doubts she made exactly the right decision.

She said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship because the idea of university just didn’t appeal to me – I would much rather experience working in a professional environment first-hand, while learning and developing office and communication skills.

“I did some research and the Business and Administration apprenticeship with Sanctuary really stood out as a great opportunity. The chance to learn while you earn, as well as developing both life and work skills, were great contributing factors to me choosing an apprenticeship.”

Mariam’s apprenticeship sees her working with Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Business Support team, where her responsibilities include setting-up, amending and extending contracts for clients receiving support services.

She also helps ensure directory and contract spreadsheets are kept accurate and up-to-date, and uploads business continuity plans onto the SharePoint system.

Mariam has also had the opportunity to help out on an information stand raising brand awareness of SSL, its objectives and the care and support it provides to help clients live independently.

One of things she values most about her apprenticeship is the support from her colleagues.

She said: “A few members of my team are former apprentices and they help and advise me, while my line manager is also supportive and understanding.

“The most rewarding part of my apprenticeship is when I have helped a colleague and they have sent me an email back to say thank you.”

For now, Mariam is focusing fully on making the most of her apprenticeship. However, should an opportunity arise, she would love to secure a permanent position with Sanctuary in the future.

She added: “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship with Sanctuary to others. It’s a great scheme and an amazing starting point to gain experience and skills in a working environment.”