‘McArthur Dean had a big impact on my life’
Amber-Mai Turner started with McArthur Dean on our Traineeship programme. After an initial interview with Julie Curtis who is part of our Business Development Team, Amber was advised to join the Traineeship because it would help her to gain valuable work experience and improve her confidence. After Julie had explained the course in detail to Amber, she was keen to start and soon gained a placement at Hales Group in Grimsby. “As part of the Traineeship, I attended weekly classes with our tutor Michelle Oliver and the advice and guidance that was given to me helped me to improve my self-esteem and boost my confidence”, she said. “As well as this, Karis and Kirsten at Hales Group also helped to support me in the workplace and this allowed me to improve my skill set, confidence and my ability to complete the tasks that I was doing.” Amber was delighted with the time she spent on the Traineeship programme and felt that “The Traineeship definitely benefited me. It gave me the work experience I needed, it also helped me improve my confidence and self esteem.”
After Amber finished her Traineeship, Hales Group offered her a job and took her on as an Apprentice. Amber discussed her options with staff at McArthur Dean and her employer and (based on this) decided to take her Apprenticeship in Business Administration at Level 2. Again, Amber found the step-up to the Apprenticeship helped to improve her performance at work still further. “During my Apprenticeship, I took on many more different tasks and I feel like the Apprenticeship helped my leadership skills and my communication skills”, she said. Through the advice and guidance offered to Amber by her assessors and colleagues at work, she was able to successfully complete her Apprenticeship. In addition, Amber also achieved her Functional Skills ICT Level 1. Amber was delighted with the progress she had made and “over the moon when I achieved my Business Administration qualification”.
Amber is now a valuable member of staff at Hales Group and is going to university to undertake a counselling course. “McArthur Dean had a big impact on my life. They helped me gain qualifications, gain skills and gain the experience that I needed. I would recommend McArthur Dean to everyone. I wouldn’t have applied for university without the support from McArthur Dean.”