Business Administration Apprentice: Where Are They Now?

In 2016, Nicole Stimson started a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship role with South Cambridgeshire District Council, with Cambridge Regional College as the education provider. Nicole excelled in her apprenticeship, receiving a nomination for Apprentice of the Year and a commendation in the Hunts Post Awards.

Nicole progressed to the Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship and upon completion of her studies, secured a full-time position within the District Council Communications team as a Website Content Officer. 

Some years later, South Cambridgeshire District Council introduced a Management Apprenticeship scheme to their Continued Professional Development portfolio and Nicole jumped at the opportunity to further her learning and boost her career. 

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Nicole Stimson, Manager, Website team

Nicole said, “I applied for the Management Apprenticeship and was successful. I completed the Level 3 Team Leader/ Supervisor apprenticeship with the Institute of Leadership and Management. The training and experience that I have gained has led me to where I am now. I am still at South Cambridgeshire District Council, working with the same team, but in December 2021 I was recruited into the role of Manager for the Website team. I am extremely proud of the journey I have taken and the progress I have made in my career. I wouldn’t be where I am today without apprenticeships and the support given by both the education providers and my employer.

The positive experience that I have had has made me passionate about promoting how powerful apprenticeships can be. When I was at school, apprenticeships were never mentioned, it was always about going to school, doing A levels and going to university, which is great for people who want to do that. 

For those that don’t wish to take the university route, apprenticeships are a great alternative. I don’t believe that I would have reached management level at my age if I had gone to university. I am a lot further ahead in my career than I would have been if I had taken an alternative route. I am still young, and there is plenty of time for me to consider a Higher Education, either through a university degree or a higher-level apprenticeship.”

Find out more about Apprenticeships at CRC.

Nicole will be joining the guest panel at the Apprenticeship Information Evening Q&A on Thursday 10th February, so that prospective apprentices can ask questions of a former apprentice to gain a first-hand insight into the experience.

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