Supported by Highbury College, Ethan Raleigh has recently completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration at Landsec, the company that owns and manages the South Coast’s leading designer shopping outlet, Gunwharf Quays.
The 20-year-old said: “I’ve really enjoyed it, I feel like it’s challenged me. It’s been different to my full-time business course at College as it’s more interactive. I would definitely recommend apprenticeships to others as it’s training while earning.”
During the apprenticeship Ethan worked closely with mentor and Retail Performance Analyst Rebekah Reynolds, who said: “Ethan was one of the first apprentices we’ve employed so it’s been a learning curve for us. Mentoring him and making sure he’s getting the right support from our side has been a priority. He’s been here for over 18 months and he’s truly embedded in our team. He’s no different than a permanent member of staff.”
Ethan has exceeded expectation and is now embarking on a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Business.
Rebekah added: “Highbury helped me to recruit Ethan and the support I had was outstanding, from helping with the job spec to understanding the qualifications that were available. Even during the interview process, I had someone from Highbury with me, supporting and guiding me every step of the way.”
On a typical day Ethan’s role included producing sales and performance analysis reports as well as general business administration.
Ethan added: “Lots of people choose to go to university and they come out with no real work experience and a big debt. This is real-world work experience with something I want to do in the future. My apprenticeship will give me an advantage when I go to apply for jobs in the future. I’ve got a qualification and I’ve also got that time working in a professional environment.”
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