As part of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek we caught up with Chelsea Leatham our Senior Administrator to hear about her journey at Safespaces.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I started my apprenticeship at Safespaces back in 2011 straight after finishing sixth form. The opportunity to join a working environment, learn new skills and gain a qualification really appealed to me and I felt this was the best option.
What did you expect from undertaking an apprenticeship?
If I’m honest I didn’t know what to expect from an apprenticeship as I hadn’t heard that much about them previously however, it has been a great experience here at Safespaces.
What are the key benefits you have experienced?
I have been able to not only work in a fast-paced business environment but I’ve been able to learn and understand what it takes to run a business day to day. Secondly, it has provided me with a wide range of skills as during my apprenticeship I have worked in all areas of the business.
What has your role involved at Safespaces?
Since I started at Safespaces 9 years ago my role has changed considerably. I have been able to work in a number of different roles across the business including producing quotes, creating designs, coordinating logistics and organising exhibitions. I have also worked closely with Newlife, the charity for disabled children, to coordinate the delivery of our products for their Emergency Equipment Loan Service which has been a great experience.
Do you think your apprenticeship has helped your progression within the company?
I have been able to progress to a Senior Administrator and I now work as part of the manufacturing team to manage and control stock. I am currently developing a new stock system that provides real-time inventory control and reporting for manufacturing. It also enables us to track and trace, monitoring products through all stages of our production cycle which is soon to be a mandatory requirement when supplying products to the NHS – this is a very exciting development!
Would you recommend apprenticeships to others?
I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to others as you can develop your experience as well as build life skills which is ideal for those just leaving school or sixth form.
At Safespaces we are really proud of Chelsea and her progression within the company and we hope you enjoyed hearing about her journey.
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