This week on National Apprenticeship Week, we caught up with Al, our first apprentice to our Procurement team in Epsom. Al shares her experience with us to date and how she came across the opportunity.
‘I’m Al, a passionate powerlifter, horse and cat lover, and Nuffield Health’s first Head Office apprentice in the Procurement team
So where did this all start?
After finishing Sixth form and not wanting to go to university, I decided to get a bar job for the summer. Through people leaving and being the longest member of staff to stay, I was quickly moved into a management position. Here I completed a company recognised management course and achieved in getting a personal licence – authorising me to run shifts independently and lead a team of staff.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed my role while it lasted, I wanted what some people would call, a ‘proper’ job – normal working hours in a more formal and high achieving environment. I spent hours looking for an apprenticeship suited to me; good working hours, an outstanding company and a role that had a huge career potential. Many of the roles I first came across were either ‘Sales Assistants’ or ‘Customer Service Advisors’. But, I wanted something that was a one-off chance and step up from managing a bar. As soon as I saw the Nuffield Health advert, I was quick to write my cover letter and adjust my CV to outline the qualities I have that would suit the role.
Following a testing but positive interview process, I was asked back to have another chat and was later offered the role.
I started with Nuffield on 8th January 2019, in my permanent role as a Procurement Assistant. I have already started to work on pricing agreements with suppliers, use our systems to raise requisitions, looked after inboxes (to name a few things) and I’m really excited to see where this role will take my career.
I will be learning from the CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply) apprenticeship scheme applying the knowledge I learn to individual tasks. The apprenticeship will be a mix of classroom and on the job learning, with exams at the end of each module.
To learn more about apprenticeships with Nuffield Health, please visit our apprenticeship page here.