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Abbey happy with admin apprenticeship

18 March 2016

Health Care

Abbey Haynes, 16, from Rochford applied for over 100 apprenticeships, but her determination paid of last November when she began her level 2 business administration apprenticeship in the HR team at Southend University Hospital.

She said: "I wanted to do an apprenticeship because of the money I could earn and learn at the same time. I've definitely grown in confidence. When I first started I was so scared. I think that was just the shock of the new.

"Mum and Dad love I have a job and I love going shopping with my mum. My nan, Joan, took me to the interview and when I got it I phoned her and she cried down the phone. They've all been so supportive."

After she completes the Level 2 apprenticeship, which is equivalents to GCSE level, Abbey is keen to complete her level 3 qualification, equivalent to A-levels, after having got her first foot on the apprenticeship ladder. And she's now the envy of her friends.

Abbey said: "Most of my friends have gone to college or sixth form and some of them are looking at an apprenticeship now, at the time they were telling me not to get one and look at them now. Obviously there is a lot of competition out there, so you have to apply for lots. I found this one through the national apprenticeship website and haven't looked back. I've really grown in confidence."

This apprenticeship is offered at Southend University Hospital in partnership with Vocational Training Services, who are based in Westcliff-on-Sea and have been offering training for more than 20 years.

Find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at Southend Hospital by emailing apprenticeships@southend.nhs.uk.