It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (NAW2016) this week (14th – 18th March). Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, it is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
To mark this occasion, throughout this week, we will be profiling a few of our apprentices from across our business to give a taste of what it’s like to work for Kings Security. Here at Kings, we are delighted to continue to help and support our apprentices and will most definitely be celebrating the positive impact they have on our business.
Name: Sophie Hizzett
Q). When did you begin your apprenticeship with Kings Security?
A). I started in July 2014.
Q). What qualification are you doing as part of your apprenticeship?
A). I studied Level 2 Business with HR in my first year. I am now working towards Level 3 in Business and HR along with my CIPD certificate.
Q). Why did you choose the apprenticeship route?
A). I chose an apprenticeship as it allows me to complete a qualification whilst being in full time employment. I am able to gain great employability skills as I have to put my training into practice with my day-to-day tasks.
Q). What is it like working for Kings Security?
A). Working for Kings is great; as an apprentice I initially felt that people may ‘talk down’ to me, as if I didn’t know what I was doing – I have never experienced this – everyone is always willing to help and we are one big team!
Q). What, in your opinion, does an apprenticeship with Kings offer to a young person?
A). An apprenticeship with Kings allows you to gain a professional qualification whilst learning practical skills in the business environment. As Kings believe that apprentices are the future of the business, there is opportunity to progress and build a good career.
Q). How does work life differ to school life?
A). Working in an office environment is completely different to being sat in a classroom. At first it was difficult to get used to; everyone else knew what they were doing and I was starting from scratch. At school you are given work for that lesson and after an hour you’re done – in the office everything is fast paced, you have tight deadlines to work to and if the work is not done it could delay the next step in the process.
Q). What are you career ambitions?
A). As I have only just started out in my career, it is hard to say exactly where I want to be. I am currently working more towards the recruitment side of HR, with a view in the next couple of years to learn the employee relations side.
Q). Could you describe your day-to-day responsibilities?
A). I am currently a HR administrator, which involves me keeping employee records up-to-date on our system. I assist with the new starter process to ensure all new employees experience a warm welcome into the company. It is my role to ensure all employees are issued with an employment contract. As part of my job, I monitor all Visas for employees to ensure we only employ people eligible to work in the UK. I also process SC clearances and annual reviews where required.
Q). Can you describe yourself in three words?
A). Positive, motivated and a team-player.
To find out more about Kings apprenticeships, get in touch by emailing us at [email protected].