A picture of Rebecca's story

When Rebecca looked at options for further education, she knew it was practical experience she would value more than an academic course.

She said: “I felt there wasn’t a course at university I really wanted to do, especially with the cost of tuition fees. I prefer practical learning rather than lectures and a lot of employers are now looking for employees with experience in the field.”

Having been put forward for an interview with Sanctuary, Rebecca joined the Group’s apprenticeship programme in 2014, where she was placed with Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Business Support Team.

She completed her NVQ Level Two in Business and Administration and in 2016 completed her Level Three when she was offered a permanent position as Assistant Business Support Officer, also with SSL.

In her second year as an apprentice, Rebecca was given the opportunity to work as the team leader for an employee volunteering project with other Sanctuary apprentices to create a promotional film for a local disability charity.

Not long before completing her apprenticeship, Rebecca was successful at the Worcestershire Group Training Association Apprenticeship Awards, when she jointly won the ‘Commerce – Apprentice of the Year Level 3’ award.

Her role as Assistant Business Support Officer includes assisting in the monitoring and updating of organisational systems which support staff across the country. She is also involved in producing reports, carrying out statistical work and disseminating information from organisations, such as the Care Quality Commission, to appropriate staff.

“I have become a much more confident person since starting at Sanctuary. I have learnt how operations work within the business and I have also taken responsibility for a number of tasks within my team.

“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to others. I feel I have made a very positive start to my career and have gained a lot of valuable experience. It really was the best decision for my future.”