Award-winning Aisha has brains for business
Proving she really does have the brains for business, Gloucestershire College apprentice, Aisha Pandor, has been crowned Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Public Sector) in the 2015 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards.
The 18-year-old Business Administration Apprentice from Gloucester previously worked as a Level 2 apprentice at Cheltenham Borough Homes and she has now secured a Level 3 apprenticeship at MP Richard Graham’s office – all while studying for her qualifications at the College.
After completing her GCSEs at Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Aisha was adamant she didn’t want to remain in school and go on to university. She had always known she would like to work for the government and saw her apprenticeship as “a step into the real world of work whilst remaining in some form of education.”
During her nine months at Cheltenham Borough Homes, Aisha had many responsibilities and worked in a variety of departments. Often she supported officers, whether that be on visits, by contacting tenants, completing paperwork or taking rent and council tax payments. Liaising with tenants, internal staff and external staff was also a major part of Aisha’s role.
Another main aspect was researching, producing documents and contacting customers about Universal Credit; the biggest change to the welfare system since it was first established in the 1940s.
Aisha said: “I really feel like my hard work has paid off; it definitely is a confidence booster!
“There’s a myth about how apprentices are treated in the workplace and the responsibilities, or lack thereof, they are given – and this can often off-putting. I’m hoping through winning this award and being recognised for my work with Cheltenham Borough Homes, more companies will look to hire apprentices – for the right reasons – and more young people will see there are opportunities available aside from going to university.
“I would recommend doing an apprenticeship at Gloucestershire College as I feel the assessors are extremely helpful and approachable, and there is a good balance between the workload and assessments.”
Looking to the future, Aisha will work towards completing her Level 3 apprenticeship and her dream is to remain working in the public sector, either for local or national government.
Aisha’s Assessor Myra Billinghurst said: “I’m not at all surprised Aisha won this award, as she is a very bright, capable and intelligent young lady who is now working for Gloucester MP Richard Graham as a Case Worker, and is about to start her Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship with the College. I expect great things from Aisha in the future.”
For more information about apprenticeship options, or if you’re an employer looking to hire an apprentice, visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call the dedicated GC Business Hub on 01452 563400.