Trio a Good Advert for Apprenticeships; SUCCESS STORIES: Training Opens Doors to Career in Administration

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THREE Coventry administrators are a shining example of how the apprenticeship route into work can lead to a wealth of opportunities.

The three work for city centre-based Jacobs Babtie, a leading technical consultancy in civil engineering, and have all taken the apprenticeship route with Heart of England Training.

Lisa Jones, aged 23, has progressed through the ranks from apprentice administrator to senior business support administrator and she is now responsible for two apprentices - Natalie Fagan and Lisa Mulcahy.

"I came to an open day at Heart of England training five years ago and within two days I had started with Jacobs Babtie," said Lisa.

"The experience has been very motivating. I've achieved more qualifications, my responsibility at work has increased and I'm now able to guide Natalie and Lisa.

"I achieved an advanced apprenticeship in business administration and I'm now taking a course in team leadership."

The apprentices - Natalie and Lisa - take care of all administrative duties for the busy office, ranging from reception to organising travel and meetings for the company directors.

"It's a good team environment here, everyone is sociable and approachable and we like to have a laugh on team nights out," said 18-year-old Lisa Mulcahy, who has nearly completed her apprenticeship in just over a year.

Lisa added: "I met with my trainer/assessor at work on a regular basis and she guided me through every step of my qualification. …