Naila Bibi works at Aspire Housing as a HR Apprentice and is an Ambassador for the Asian Apprenticeship Awards following her 'Apprentice of the Year' win in 2017. Here she tells us about her working day and the benefits of being an award winning apprentice.

Naila starts her day catching a bus to get in at 8.45am and gets up to speed with tasks and emails for the day. Working in a busy team Naila says: "I do lots whilst working in HR, which can range from holiday queries, sickness absences, data inputting, arranging interviews and also arranging training for the teams at Aspire."

One of biggest differences working as an apprentice has made to Naila is her confidence. Talking to different teams, going to award evenings and even helping out other teams. She continues: "I cover reception at lunchtimes which helps me connect with people outside of the business and has really built up my confidence." 

 

"I go out with PM Training to showcase my skills, talking to young school leavers or students who are going to be taking their GCSE's and also helping students to choose their next steps after leaving school. I often talk about my own apprenticeship journey and success story at PM Training."

 

Naila continues: "Young people listen to other young people. It's easy for an adult to talk to young people about benefits or experiences somewhere but a young school leaver needs someone on the same wave length. They want to talk to someone who knows about the pressure behind exams, knows the stress of revising and juggling your workload and making the right choices when you leave". 

"Since winning both the Finance, Legal and Professional Services and Asian Apprentice of the Year, I have kindly been given an Ambassador role which allows me to promote PM Training and also Aspire Housing highlighting the amazing work they do for young people. I would like my experiences to help other young people who are worried about choosing the correct path after school and I want them to be able to relate to me, easing their worries and answering any questions they may have".

 

"I love being able to talk to young people about interview skills, tips and tricks. It's so important for young people to know how to have a successful job interview and know what skills employers look for."

 

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