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MP Richard Harrington visits local business apprentice

College student Emma Smith was recently visited by MP Richard Harrington at her Business Administration apprenticeship with the British Polio Fellowship.

The BPF looked to hire a Business Administration Apprentice, partnering with West Herts College and the National Apprenticeship Service. They had six applications and in September, former Francis Combe Academy pupil Emma found out that she had been successful, and was employed as an apprentice. Emma now works alongside experienced staff, gaining job-specific skills whilst earning a wage and studying towards a Level 3 Business Administration Qualification with West Herts College.

Speaking about her experience, Emma said:

“I’ve always wanted to work at a charity, but it’s very competitive and there aren’t always a huge number of jobs available. My old school, Francis Combe and my college West Herts, encouraged me to consider an apprenticeship. I was excited to see local charity, the British Polio Fellowship, was looking for someone and applied immediately. It’s a great foot in the door and I’m being paid to learn so many skills.”

Ted Hill, Chief Executive of the British Polio Fellowship said:

“The process was simple and we had great support from West Herts College and the National Apprenticeship Service. We went into this thinking we would be giving back to the community and giving a young person a job, but we’ve benefitted hugely from having Emma working with us.”

If like Emma you wish to work in a rewarding environment and earn while you learn, take a look at our apprenticeship vacancies here.

You can find out more about Richard Harrington's visit to see Emma, and the original article, here