We’re incredibly proud of our apprentices we have here at Athona, so this National Apprenticeship Week we are celebrating some of the great apprentices who have recently graduated, and see what they have learnt during their time on their apprenticeship. Below we meet Tanbeer, our Business Development Administrator Apprentice.

What were you doing before you started as an Athona apprentice?

Before my apprenticeship at Athona, I took a gap year and was working as a Thai Chef in Lakeside shopping centre.

What made you choose an apprenticeship scheme in recruitment?

I was considering going to University after my gap year, but I came across a vacancy with Athona Recruitment and saw what they offered as well as the qualification I would get after completing the apprenticeship. I always had an interest in sales and thought this would be the best step to take.

How have you found your apprenticeship at Athona?             

I have enjoyed completing my apprenticeship here, as the environment is incredibly friendly and helpful. The experience I have gained from my role has played a big part in helping me complete the apprenticeship.

How has the support and guidance you received whilst completing your apprenticeship been?

The support and guidance I have received has been perfect, I am always given enough time to complete my work and I am always able to get help from my team members.

How did you hear about the Athona apprentice scheme?

I found a vacancy for Athona Recruitment through ‘The LightBulb Apprenticeships’ who deliver Apprenticeships and training courses across a range of industry sectors, and have a strong focus on staff and business development.

What part of the apprenticeship did you most enjoy?

Interacting with my team, and other teams across the business. It has allowed me build my interpersonal skills and give me a broader understanding of the business.

What has been a highlight of your role?

Having the responsibility of making sure that the data on the system is correct and that the whole recruiting process is streamline for the sales team.

What have you learnt most about during your time at Athona?

Patience, and how to work effectively in a team.

What advice would you give to others looking to start an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a good path to take as you will have a qualification at the end of it, as well as various progression routes within the business.

Have you recently received your A-Level or GCSE results and are now looking for a job role where you gain a recognised qualification, workplace skills and earn as you learn? Find out more about Athona’s apprenticeships here.