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Business Administration Traineeship unlocks bright career prospects for Asiya

Name: Asiya Begum

Age: 18

Area: Walsall

Skills Training UK programmes: L2 Business Administration, L2 Customer Service, L1 Personal Development and Employability Skills, L1 Retail

Asiya Begum did not attain the A levels she desired at sixth form and knew she had to reassess her future: pursue a University degree for which she might be unsuited or study towards a Traineeship which would unlock a better future. It was a simple decision.

“I knew the vocational route was the best path to take at that time,” the 18-year-old said.

“I knew I would be gaining industry-recognised skills and qualifications which would quickly lead to employment and/or provide the foundation and better guidance for the next stage of my education. I just wanted to get going and achieve, and make something of my life. A lot of my friends felt the same way and also chose vocational routes over University.”

Asiya was referred to Skills Training UK by Black Country Impact and hit the ground running.

She said: “It was much better than sixth form. My tutors were very supportive and I really liked the nice, peaceful, studious working environment. Everyone got on with their work and there was no-one messing around.”

Asiya also developed her personal skills during her courses: “I was very shy when I started and I didn’t open up that much. But as the days went on, I opened up and grew in confidence, and found it really easy to talk to people. I wasn’t expecting to improve my communication so much.”

After completing her Traineeships, Asiya had impressed her tutors and managers to the extent that she successfully interviewed for full-time employment as an Administrator at Skills Training UK’s Walsall Training Centre.

“I was so happy – I couldn’t describe how I felt,” Asiya said. “I was encouraged to apply by one of my tutors, I managed to get an interview, and I couldn’t believe I got it. My dad was so pleased for me. He just wanted me to do something with my life.

“I love my job. I’m the first point of contact for telephone enquiries, helping to manage the reception area, completing important administration tasks for other students, and dealing with other areas such as bursaries and registration. I’m learning so much more.”

Asiya is now targeting to enrol onto a Business Administration Foundation Degree at a University in the Midlands area.

“I now know this is the area of business for me, and I now have plenty of opportunities in front of me,” she added.

To learn more about Skills Training UK's Traineeship programmes, see here.