11 April 2016
At WYG, we are pleased to offer our apprentices a dedicated apprenticeship programme which offers the opportunity to work on live projects from day one and gain on the job training and skills as well as having a nominated mentor available to support personal and professional development.
One young person to already benefit from one of our apprenticeships is Alana El-Fadl. Alana joined as a HR Apprentice last September 2015 and is based at our headquarters in Leeds. We take this opportunity to learn more about her role and why she chose WYG for her career path.
What does your job involve?
My role as HR Apprentice involves providing administration support for all HR Operations processes in conjunction with the HR Business Partners, HR Advisor and HR Operations Manager.
It is my responsibility to maintain consistent electronic and paper based records ensuring accuracy of information in line with Data Protection requirements. I coordinate contract staff, people leaving the business, changes in hours and salary and provide a timely response to all general queries received to the HR email inbox.
I am currently in the process of learning aspects of the compensation and benefits role which involves setting up new starters on the payroll system and providing information on the benefits WYG offer to employees.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
Upon leaving school, I quickly decided that I wanted to take my first step on the career ladder. I was looking to get work experience from my apprenticeship as well as a qualification in an area that wouldn’t be accessible to me in school. The idea of being able to work my way up in a reputable company was appealing to me.
What qualifications will you have at the end of your training?
At the end of my apprenticeship I will have gained a level 3 NVQ in Administration.
What do you think makes WYG a great place to work?
The people I work with make WYG a great place to work and I feel I’m well supported within my team. WYG is a global company with many opportunities and somewhere I feel progression is possible.
What have been your highlights so far?
My personal achievement to date is reducing the number of employees that had not completed their anti-bribery module. I have also had a large involvement in the annual appraisals and the inputting of the data which was completed before the set deadline. In addition, I really enjoyed taking part in our first employee engagement event of the year, ‘5km run at 5pm’ for Sports Relief. I was one of the 78 employees from 10 offices participating in the charity run.