From Saturday girl to successful apprentice
A Gloucestershire College apprentice is on her way to becoming a qualified Office Administrator and Accountant for Badham Pharmacy, after starting out as a Saturday girl at the business almost three years ago.
17-year-old Megan Danter-Murray, a former Cleeve School student from Cheltenham, is currently studying for her Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Business Administration, whilst working at the Badham Pharmacy head office in Cheltenham.
She started out working as a Saturday girl at the Church Road branch as a Medical Counter Assistant two years prior to starting her apprenticeship; completing her MCA training, a Level 3 Health and Social Care course, and work placements at a preschool during this time. As soon as the apprenticeship became available at the company’s head office, Megan knew she wanted to progress her career via this route.
She said: “I like working with people and helping others, and am lucky that I am able to do this through my apprenticeship. My dream is to become an accountant and by completing the business and administration apprenticeship first, I am able to learn how an office works, which will give me a boost in how to use software and develop the organisational skills I need to achieve this.”
So far on her apprenticeship, Megan has developed some very good technical skills through the support and guidance of her manager and team. She has also been receiving additional learning support to enable her to achieve and succeed all of her targets.
Megan is actively involved in many different areas of the business and has learnt a wide variety of skills, including creating invoices, online sales, auditing, administration, social media and managing stationery stock – with a view to reduce costs, and measure and increase profits.
Megan said: “One of the best things about my apprenticeship so far has been helping to organise and plan a 75th anniversary party; I learnt how to plan an event for a large number of people and how to solve problems in short timescales.
“I am very interested and involved in creating invoices and thanks to this, have learnt how to use different types of software, including Sage, which enables me to grow my knowledge and achieve my goals in the workplace.”
After she has completed her business and administration apprenticeship, Megan plans to progress on to an AAT accounting apprenticeship with Badham Pharmacy, which will see her start her dream career.
She added: “I would recommend other young people consider the apprenticeship route because you get the opportunity to earn money whilst learning and developing new skills and experience. Not only are you treated with respect as a valued part of a company, but you will have a high chance of success in your future career if you’re prepared to put in the work.
“By doing an apprenticeship you are able to start your path to the career you want and also see if that career is right for you, without wasting years studying at college or university, then getting a job and not liking it.”
Badham Pharmacy currently has two GC apprentices working for them: Megan and 19-year-old Caitlin Dalton from Cheltenham, who is working as an Apprentice Retail Buyer and Merchandiser. It sees apprenticeships as a way to recruit good quality, keen and enthusiastic members of staff.
Cathy Morgan, Finance and Resource Manager, said: “Megan ensures that the office, and especially myself, are run more efficiently and effectively. The apprentices we have are all keen, intelligent, bright and a credit to themselves. They are the future of the company, as well as the present.
“I would recommend other businesses to consider taking on apprentices because it is a great way to ‘grow your own talent’ and gain – and keep – keen and enthusiastic members of staff.”
If you are a young person considering an apprenticeship, visit www.gcapprenticeships.co.uk for more information and to view and apply for the latest vacancies.