After Level 3 Business and Administration student, Kianna Annakie completed a 2-week work experience placement at the firm’s West Bromwich office, they jumped at the chance to offer her a role as a HR assistant on a Level 4 Business Administration Apprenticeship programme.
Laura Heise, Skills Coordinator at Interserve Support Services, said: “Kianna successfully carried out a number of administration tasks within our human resources and learning and development departments, to a very professional standard and with an exceptional manner.
“She was able to use her own initiative to get on with work she was given fairly independently but also fitted in very well within our team. We are delighted to have her on board as an apprentice and feel she will be a real asset to the company.”
Kianna, 17, said: “The work experience was a compulsory part of my course but I really enjoyed the two weeks at Interserve. I was able to put into practice things I had learnt at college and everything made sense.
“The placement helped me to decide that I want to work within a HR team and was planning to start looking for a job in this area, so being offered the apprenticeship is amazing and not something I expected.
“Getting the chance to start my career at such a big company is really exciting and I’m looking forward to continuing my learning, by working toward a university level qualification, and earning a wage at the same time."
Work Experience Coordinator at Walsall College, Jaswant Sembhi, said: “This is a great example of how work experience placements can be mutually beneficial to both students and local organisations.
“We are delighted that Interserve has seen the foundation skills in Kianna that they can build on with an apprenticeship.
“It is our aim to make sure students graduate with the skills, professionalism and knowledge that employers are looking for, and Kianna’s story is testament to this.”
Published on Jul 22nd 2015