We caught up with Georgia Owen – a business apprentice at Robins & Day in Manchester – about the skills the programme has given her, what advice she would give to school leavers considering a scheme, and what her future career holds in store.
What is your apprentice role and day-to-day duties?
My apprentice role was Business Administrator and Finance Analyst. My day to day duties involved completing the dealership banking; this was done as the first job every morning.
Another one of my duties was to ensure all fleet deals were invoiced on the right date and sent to the customer for payment before the vehicle left the site. I also made sure the customer payment accounts were clear and that right amount is being processed.
What new skills and study have you learnt so far?
When I started working within Robins & Day I had no experience of the job whatsoever, but through my on-the-job training with the existing team I learnt everything I know today which has lead me to a permanent Fleet Administrator position in one of the biggest dealerships.
I also went on all the NVQ training via our Academy and online courses which taught me easier ways to deal with situations and gained my NVQ qualification.
"When I started working within Robins & Day I had no experience of the job whatsoever, but through my on-the-job training with the existing team I learnt everything I know today which has lead me to a permanent Fleet Administrator position in one of the biggest dealerships."
Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship at Robins & Day?
I chose to do an apprenticeship because I didn’t know what career I wanted to take in life. When I first started Robins & Day I struggled however, I soon found my feet and a job in which I enjoy getting up in the mornings for.
What are your career opportunities at Robins & Day after your apprenticeship?
My career opportunities will hopefully lay within the fleet department, I would not mind whether it was sales or administration but I enjoy working with a high volume of vehicles. I love to be busy and kept on my feet. I would like to work within Robins & Day for many years and build my career.
What is your advice for anyone looking to do an apprenticeship and why chose Robins & Day?
Advice I would give to new starters in Robins & Day is to keep on at the job and don’t give up, because the opportunities within the company are endless and you will find a position within the company in which you really enjoy!
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