St Helens Chamber Course Guide 2022/23 - Page 13

“ I would definitely recommend a Fast Track to an Apprenticeship course to anyone ”
Leanne Carey Livesey Spottiswood
Leanne Carey successfully completed one of St Helens Chamber ’ s Fast Track to an Apprenticeship courses and has now taken up the role of Finance and Administration Apprentice at Livesey Spottiswood .
After completing her A-Levels , Leanne felt the pressure of exams hindered her performance and was unsure about which direction she should take in her future career .
She said : “ I ’ d not done as well as I ’ d wanted to in my A-Levels and I wasn ’ t really sure whether going to university was for me ; so I decided to take some time out to try and decide what I wanted to do ”.
“ I went along to the open day and the Fast Track to an Apprenticeship course sounded really exciting . With the opportunity to learn on the job and not in a classroom , the Apprenticeship route seemed perfect for me ”.
On the course , Leanne took advantage of all the help and support the Chamber were providing ; particularly working on her CV which needed some improvements . She also developed her interview skills , an area in which Leanne felt her confidence needed boosting .
“ The Fast Track to an Apprenticeship programme definitely helped , before doing the course my CV was boring and didn ’ t have much information in and I didn ’ t have much confidence in interviews , so these parts of the course in particular really helped me get to where I am today .
“ The Career Coaches matched me to my current position and recommended that I apply , because they saw I was ready to go into the workplace and my skills were a good fit for the job ”.
Now , Leanne works as a Finance and Administration Apprentice at local accountant Livesey Spottiswood .
Leanne said : “ My working week is split , so three days a week I work with Payroll ; taking care of company payrolls and making sure their pension payments are all correct . I speak with clients regularly and ensure everything is correct before processing their payroll .
Leanne is happy in her current role which has lots of scope for progression and she can keep learning and work her way up while getting qualifications . She is currently working towards her Level 2 Business Administration qualification and has attended more Chamber seminars through her employer - such as time management - to help boost her CV and job performance .
Leanne commented : “ I would definitely recommend a Fast Track to an Apprenticeship course to anyone wanting to get ready for work and anyone who would rather learn on the job than in a classroom ; I ’ ve already told one of my friends to sign up for the next course !
“ I really don ’ t think I ’ d be where I am now without the Chamber ’ s help , they gave me the direction and support I needed when I was feeling lost over which route to take ”.
For more information call us on 01744 742045 or email apprenticeships @ sthelenschamber . com 10