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CharlotteHR Admin Apprentice, Charlotte, is determined to progress her way to the top of her career, after securing a place on the level 3 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) course at St Helens College, supported by her employer, MGF.

 The 19-year-old from St Helens, secured her apprenticeship with Excavation Safety Solutions Company, MGF, through St Helens College after seeking her next career move.

After leaving high school, Charlotte studied a mix of A level subjects, which enabled her to progress on to a Teaching Degree at Edge Hill University. After her first year of studying, Charlotte realised it wasn’t the right route for her and reached out to St Helens College for guidance.

After attending the College’s Open Event and being intrigued by the idea of “earning while learning”, Charlotte was put in contact with the College’s Apprenticeships Team, who worked with her to search live vacancies and ultimately, secure her a position.

When the HR vacancy at MGF appeared, it was clear that Charlotte was the right candidate for the job. After a successful interview, Charlotte’s professional mindset and skills won her the position.

Speaking to Charlotte on her new role, she added: “I am so happy that I decided to take the apprenticeship route. I feel like it has given me so many opportunities already. MGF’s original HR team started with only one person and has now expanded to a team of seven, so it’s definitely an exciting time to be joining their team.”

She added: “When people say to me, “What is HR?”, I always say it is the glue that holds a company together - it’s all about employer relations.”

During her apprenticeship, one of Charlotte’s responsibilities is to check all employees are trained in health and safety and fit to work. Recruitment is another key part of her role, which includes filling vacancies, writing job specifications, scanning through CV’s, contacting candidates and arranging interviews.

Charlotte has also had the opportunity to attend a mental health talk with her employer, to help her understand and recognise the signs and issues surrounding mental health in the workplace.

Keen to support Charlotte and career progression, MGF liaised with St Helens College in order to enrol her on to the level 3 CIPD course, using funding from the Apprenticeship Levy to support her training and progression.

Charlotte is excited to be able to further her qualifications, whilst gaining experience in the workplace. She added: “This opportunity is beneficial to both me and my employer. As well as allowing me to further my qualifications, it also enables the company to sculpt my skill set to fit my current role which in turn, increases productivity and efficiency.”

After completing her apprenticeship, Charlotte has high hopes of continuing her studies and plans to progress on to the level 5 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) course and then hopefully the level 7, in order to build her qualifications, skill set and experience, which could unlock some excellent career opportunities for her.