Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Here at NRS Healthcare, we love giving young people the chance to shine in their first jobs, and get a kick start in their careers. We thought you’d like to hear about Nathan Birch, our business apprentice at head office, who has hit the ground running in his new role with us…
Nathan is currently undertaking a 13-month business administration course at local Stephenson’s College, and spends 4 days a week working for NRS. His main role is providing administrative support to the PA and supporting the digital team with website content creation.
Nathan told us all about why he chose to do an apprenticeship, his role at NRS, and what his plans for the future are:
I chose to undergo the apprenticeship scheme during my A-levels. I was contemplating going to university to study psychology to eventually become a counsellor, but I felt that I wanted to start my career off a bit sooner and found myself looking through apprenticeships. I applied for an apprenticeship through the college and they offered me numerous positions in different local companies, including NRS Healthcare. I really liked the sound of the company, so I asked to be put forward for an interview and was successful.
I really enjoy my college course, it’s informative and I’m learning about various things that I encounter almost daily within the workplace, so the two go hand in hand. I am learning a variety of basic business concepts, such as organisational structures, principles of business document production and information management. I have to collect evidence of my work to build my portfolio and I work closely with my manager at NRS and my college assessor to ensure I am meeting course requirements. At the end of my course, I may consider furthering my education by doing a level 3 business administration course for an additional year.
I’m currently the assistant to the PA, who supports the board of directors. I have lots of administrative tasks to help head office run smoothly, such as working on reception, creating document packs for meetings, ordering supplies, etc. I also support the training manager by logging employee’s training achievements.
I spend a lot of time working with the digital team, who are responsible for managing the company’s retail website, social media and Amazon and EBay sales. I am using our content management system WordPress to upload written blog content, which I have to turn into HTML code, to the retail website. I’ve discovered that I really like web design and coding and this is something I may consider exploring as a potential career path after my apprenticeship.
I like working at NRS because from day one I have been made to feel at home by my fellow employees and I’ve made friends in lots of different departments. My work genuinely interests me and is something that I believe I am good at but if I do need help or extra support I know that there is someone I can see or talk to that will be able to assist me. I am being exposed to lots of different business functions, and this is great for my knowledge and improving my skill set.
I believe apprenticeships are a very good idea as it provides many people opportunities to work while they learn, giving them both a job and a qualification.