After completing her GCSE’s Katie was encouraged to stay on at school and achieve her A Levels. Her family and school were keen that Katie go to university but she wanted to follow her own path and applied for a commercial apprenticeship, with the aim of going into Sales and Marketing. She has now completed […]
After completing her GCSE’s Katie was encouraged to stay on at school and achieve her A Levels. Her family and school were keen that Katie go to university but she wanted to follow her own path and applied for a commercial apprenticeship, with the aim of going into Sales and Marketing. She has now completed her Business Administration and Management qualification with Sheffield College and has recently been promoted to Marketing and Communications Manager at CBE+.
Initially Katie started her Apprenticeship with Liberty Steel and began her first placement in the Marketing Department where she was shadowing the Marketing Co-ordinator who on leaving the company handed responsibilities over to her. Here she became event manager for the Düsseldorf Wire trade show, including everything from designing the stand to organising the flights to measuring return on investment.
Katie won the Apprentice of the Year for Barnsley & Rotherham and was runner up for Made in Yorkshire Apprentice of the Year Award.
After spending several years at Liberty Steel, Katie made the brave decision to move companies to complete her apprenticeship and went to work for CBE+ where she is now the Marketing and Communications Manager and is considering university studies.
Katie says: “I have worked closely with The Work-wise Foundation for many years in both of my roles. I would never have been offered my job at CBE+ if it wasn’t for them, it has opened so many doors for me and I can’t wait to support them in the future like they have supported me in the past.”
For National Apprenticeship Week, we asked Katie to tell us why she thinks apprenticeships are so valuable:
“Being an apprentice was personally the best career decision I could have made. I have experienced first-hand how businesses function, the importance of different departments and seen the magic of engineering in many different settings which I then get to promote to the market. I create the social media for my company, write press release and manage all marketing materials. I have organised trade shows on small and large scales in the UK and abroad, met customers and business partners with inspiring stories and all alongside gaining a professional qualification. Now I have completed my apprenticeship I have on the job experience to support my studies. I have had continuous opportunities to develop myself further in my profession, an apprenticeship is a gateway to a lifetime of learning and improving your skills.”