Lewis, one of our apprentices who joined us as part of our Growing Greatness programme in December 2018, recently secured a role in the Finance Team – making him the first of our apprentices to sign a permanent contract.
Lewis joined Great Places after completing his A-Levels, keen to kick start his career in finance.
"I joined Great Places because I've always had an interest in working within Finance, and I felt like this opportunity was the perfect platform to launch my career. My role so far has seen me rotate within the Finance Team and I've worked with the Treasury Team, the Finance Ledger Team and more recently the Service Charge Team.
"I've really seen myself grow into this role over the past few months, to a point where when I saw the job opportunity arise I felt comfortable enough to apply for it. I knew full well that this could be the perfect opportunity for me to become a permanent part of the Finance Team while challenging myself and improving further.
"The apprenticeship scheme has been a key part of my development in my time here at Great Places. This has not only aided my growth professionally but has also allowed me to settle into the business well. As part of the programme, us apprentices have created a strong working group where we can collaborate and share our ideas. We've taken part in two projects during our time, one to showcase our six months at Great Places and the other to share our thoughts on the apprentice intake and help design it for the next intake.
"During my time I've developed my skills and understanding of various finance software which has enabled me to perform to the best of my abilities. I have an extensive understanding of Excel which has only grown over the past nine months. More recently I've undertaken training on the new Service Charge system, which will help me to succeed in my new role. I've also just started studying towards my AAT Level 3 which I hope to continue until its completion over the next twelve months. After this, I would love to continue studying and progress through my levels."
Our Growing Greatness programme is open for 2019 and you can find a list of the current vacancies here.