National Apprenticeship Week: Meet the apprentice who is now a key member of our team…

Merren Lathwood joined Midlands Asset Finance on a Business and Administration Level Three NVQ in September 2019, and is currently working in our operations team.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we sat down with Merren to get to know her and to discuss the benefits of doing an apprenticeship…

What made you want to do an apprenticeship to begin with?

I didn’t want to go through the process of college or university. I just wanted to be proactive and start my ‘adult life’ hands on. The experience of a working environment instead of sitting in a classroom has always intrigued me!

Why did you choose Midlands Asset Finance?

As soon as I came in for my interview here, I loved the professionalism and how upbeat everyone was. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and the positivity flowed throughout the business.

What have you learned since you started your apprenticeship?

In all honesty? Everything!

I had no prior knowledge of financial services other than completing my Business Administration BTEC at school before working at MAF.

Now, I’m five months in and I’m raising financial documentation or talking to customers about the different finance products on offer.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I go through spells of different hobbies and the most recent one that I’ve indulged in is ice skating.

I loved going to the town centre over Christmas and going on the pop-up ice rink – despite spending most of the time falling over.

And, like any 17-year-old girl, I love to shop!

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I’d like to be in a comfortable position at work doing jobs that I enjoy, progressing in my team and into a more senior position of some sort.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

The feeling you get when you know that you’ve helped a customer with their business is amazing.

And there’s something new to learn each day which keeps things interesting and is a big part of why I enjoy going to work.

What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a really good way of getting the experience for life after education, so you can decide where you want to take yourself in the future.

My apprenticeship is work-based, so that means I get a feel for working full-time as I don’t have to go to college.

I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.

The best part about an apprenticeship would be getting a job afterwards, whether that’s part-time or full-time, and the fact that you get a really good understanding and experience of the working environment.

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