Local Waltham Forest resident Mehreen Ayub found that despite achieving strong GSCE results and moving on to take her A-levels, academic studies weren’t for her. Since leaving College to undertake an apprenticeship with Admiral Recruitment she hasn’t looked back.
Mehreen says, “I talked to a lot of people I knew who had gone to university to get a degree and they struggled to get a job. I also knew others who undertook an apprenticeship and got a decent job at the end. I weighed it up and thought a CV with experience was going to be better than a CV with a degree.”
Mehreen applied for an apprenticeship with Admiral Recruitment through Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service (ALS), who recognised her potential immediately. Within 24 hours she was interviewed by Admiral Recruitment. Following a successful interview, Mehreen was offered an advanced apprenticeship Business Administration Level 3 as a junior recruitment consultant in April 2017.
Admiral Recruitment is a leading recruitment consultancy servicing three niche markets: Catering & Hospitality, Pubs, Bars & Restaurants and Commercial.
Mehreen says, “I was given a lot of responsibility straight away with Admiral. They treat you like a fully-fledged member of the team, so while it was a challenge, it was one I welcomed. I was running my own commercial temporary desk, dealing with high end clients, and was responsible for my own client base.
The support of Admiral, and the ALS, particularly my Placement Officer, Andrea Creary, and assessor, Chris Philips, was so beneficial. Their advice and guidance really helped me thrive in this environment.”
Paula Rogers, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Admiral says, “Apprenticeships are an absolute and qualifying success at Admiral. The success we have had with Mehreen and the ease of dealing with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service has provided us the motivation to keep recruiting more apprentices.”
Paula says, “For us, in the recruitment industry, it is fast paced and the stakes are high. We need to ensure a professional and speedy service. Mehreen has been driven and professional throughout her apprenticeship.”
Mehreen’s dedication has seen her nominated by Admiral for the Apprentice of the Year 2017 Award in Hospitality, Tourism and Retail at the National Asian Apprenticeship Awards. Excitingly she won this Award.
Paula says, “We really push our apprentices to go beyond their comfort zone. We tell them – ‘sooner or later you have to step up and start actually doing the job’ rather than working in a supporting role.”
“Here at Admiral academic qualifications is not the overriding factor when recruiting staff. We look for the right skills, characteristics, personality traits, communication skills and drive. These are just as important as well as having a degree.”
Mehreen says, “I have so much job satisfaction. I love being able to help people into work, filling jobs and making them happy. It makes me happy!”
There are some incredibly talented young people in Waltham Forest and we want to make sure we do all we can to help them develop the skills they need for successful careers and to reach their full potential. Mehreen is a fantastic example of how you can improve your life chances by pushing yourself and stepping outside your comfort zone.