18th February 2016 Written by Courtenay White, Clerical Assistant, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Image: Courtenay White.How did it all start? Well, I started my working life as a receptionist at a leisure centre from which I was let go due to lack of hours, but was let go and I realised that I hated not being in work. I am used to working and as someone who prides herself on being driven and enthusiastic, I felt the need for a change. Change came in the form of an apprenticeship in Business and Administration through Shipley College.

After impressing my employer, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, in my Level 2 qualification, I moved onto my Level 3 qualification. I can safely say I put my all into my apprenticeship not just to prove to my employers that I was capable but to prove to myself that I could do it too.

I must have done something right because I was nominated for Advanced Non-Clinical Apprentice of the Year in 2014, which I went on to win! It was a great achievement for me but not only that it was a great recommendation to my employers as well.

From winning the award a number of opportunities have presented themselves to me. I have spoken at a number of high profile events about my apprenticeship journey such as, NHS Confederation 2015, Liverpool and the Talent for Care Launch in London. I am very grateful and proud to be asked to do such prestigious events and hope to carry on contributing.

I feel that it is important that everyone knows about apprenticeships as it really helped me as I don’t think I would be where I am today without the opportunity.

I absolutely love the job I am in at the minute. Working for the Chair and Chief Executive and Foundation Trust Office, not one day is the same as there is so much variety.

I would just like to say thank you to everyone at BDCFT for helping me get my CV out there and also Danny Mortimer at NHS Employers, Shipley College, Health Education England and of course, the Talent for Care Team.

Finally I want to thank Skills for Health for giving me the opportunity to write this blog, hopefully I can be an inspiration to somebody out there one day.

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