Real-life story - Ross Fenwick

Ross took part in a Project Choice supported internship, which led to an apprenticeship and now he works part-time as a business administration assistant for Project Choice.

Business administration assistant Ross Fenwick
Ross Fenwick Business administration assistant
Employer or university Health Education England
Salary range Unknown

How I got into the role

Taking part in the Project Choice supported internship programme led to me getting my administration assistant apprenticeship at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS (CNTWNHS) Foundation Trust. I was so nervous and didn’t know what to expect.

I have very limited direction and found communication very difficult but Project Choice gave me the confidence I needed and self-belief to achieve. It helped me develop my communication skills and encourages me to talk to others at work.

I am still doing my Level 2 apprenticeship with CNTWNHS but it’s taken a pause due to Covid-19. At present, I work part-time as a business administration assistant for Project Choice at Health Education England on Mondays and Tuesdays.

What I do

I carry out general admin duties such as processing students’ application forms and organising the Project Choice database.

The best bits and challenges

The best bit about my role is doing something new constantly. I can be working on spreadsheets on one day and application forms the next day.

A challenge when working on the application forms is ensuring that I put the right information in the right column. I will read through everything to make sure there’s no error.

Life outside work

I have always enjoyed socialising with friends and family. I broadened my social circle from being on Project Choice and doing my apprenticeship. It’s important to make sure that I balance my social time and work life by building up good day-to-day routines.

Career plans and top tips for others

I would say to those looking to do an apprenticeship, do it because it’s worth it!

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