National Apprenticeship Week: Tahmina

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This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we are celebrating the successes of our apprentices.

Tahmina Begum joined GMCVO in July 2015 as an apprentice administrator working on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme.

Fast forward one and a half years and Tahmina is now working for GMCVO as a full time administrator, having completed her Business Admin Level 3 Apprenticeship. During her apprenticeship she won an Apprentice Star award from the Apprentice Academy for her work.

Tanya Coutts, Operations Manager at GMCVO is Tahmina’s manager. She said, “It’s been lovely to see Tahmina grow in confidence and progress while she has been here. She often goes the extra mile with support for her peers and external contacts by dealing with all queries in an efficient and professional manner”.

Tahmina chose to take on an apprenticeship after the University course that interested her did not go ahead due to low interest. She says, "I liked the idea of learning on the job, being able to gain a qualification and have work experience which I didn’t have much of at the time."

Talking about the benefits of the apprenticeship, Tahmina said, "Having scheduled time to focus on the apprenticeship, for example the training days provided by The Apprenticeship Academy, allowed me to use the skills I learnt on an everyday basis at work. Having the 1-2-1s with my mentor at the Academy allowed me to identify the transferable skills I have learnt from day-to-day tasks at work. It also helped show how my confidence has grown from the beginning of the apprenticeship. And finally proving to my friends and family that apprenticeships are great especially since they had negative views when I first started."

Tahmina concluded, "I received endless amount of support in every way possible - whether it was to do with work or personal issues. Personally the main form of support for me was colleagues having confidence in me. Knowing that they’re happy for me to get on with the job and not worrying because they know I’ll have it under control and will ask for support when needed."