Real-life story - Pascal Wellington
Pascal initially started out working in business administration when she quickly realised that she was ready for a challenge. As a result she decided to join the business administration apprenticeship scheme at her Trust.
A typical day
My job as business administrative apprentice was very demanding so I needed to be very organised and focused. I assisted the Director’s PA with managing emails, diary and telephone systems; was responsible for maintaining the Fleet Solutions process (a lease car salary sacrifice scheme); processed invoices; and conducted financial checks on contracts. I entered data onto the electronic staff record database and took part in recruitment panels and assessment teams.
I also helped with workload of the director’s PA, which involved reformatting excel spreadsheets, producing structures and collating information together to produce information packs for meetings and events. When possible I attended training sessions, all of which helped me progress towards getting a new job role within the trust as regional estates help desk co-ordinator.
Challenges and rewards
The thing I enjoyed most was that the job was challenging. Every day was different but I always felt fulfilled. Most importantly, my colleagues were extremely helpful which made going to work a delight!
I decided to pursue an apprenticeship as a way of getting some extra qualifications while working.
I joined West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in summer 2013 in a business administration role. I wanted to work while I studied so thought working as an apprentice at the start of my career would be the most beneficial route for me.