Abrar Masud from Fallowfield is a recent apprentice recruit to the Manchester Growth Company.  After completing his A Levels, Abrar decided that he wanted to gain some practical experience while getting qualified rather than continuing in full time study.  Abrar did some part time work at Old Trafford while he was looking for the right opportunity, and eventually found an Apprenticeship vacancy that he was interested in through The Skills Company.

The post was for a Supplier Control apprentice in the Manchester Growth Company.  Abrar applied for the position and was delighted to be successful.  His work involves processing invoices and purchase orders on the Agresso system, dealing with suppliers and debtors, and general administrative support.

Abrar is undertaking the Business Administration Level 2 Apprenticeship, and most of the training takes place on the job, with a number of off the job workshops throughout the one year duration of the course.  He has just completed a workshop which covered the basics of business administration and professional conduct in the workplace, and found it extremely useful.

Abrar is visited regularly by his Skills Company assessor, who observes him in the workplace, goes through his portfolio of evidence, and reviews progress with both Abrar and his line manager. 

Abrar said:  “I’m really enjoying my time here, my colleagues and managers have all been very helpful and understanding.  At first, I wasn’t very confident on the phone with suppliers, but with help from my team mates, I’ve really grown in confidence.”

“Because of the size of the company, and the wide range of activities it’s involved in, there are lots of opportunities for progression.  One of the people from the team I am in has recently moved on to an interesting job in IDG dealing with Investors in People.  At some stage in the future, I’d like to get involved in working with local manufacturing companies.”

“I’m really glad that I applied for this Apprenticeship, the company is a great place to work, and does some very important work.  I would definitely recommend an Apprenticeship route to anyone who wants to gain practical experience while they gain qualifications.”