National Apprenticeship week has officially kicked off. Here at NRL we are happy to support the apprenticeship programme and we currently employ a number of apprentices ourselves. Our apprentice credit control clerk Lewis Horsley gave us some insider thoughts on what it’s like to work at NRL, why he chose an apprenticeship and what he plans to do with his new skills in the future.
Name: Lewis Horsley
Job Title: Apprentice Credit Control Clerk
How long have you been working at NRL?
I started working for NRL in April. I have been at NRL for 10 months now and I hope to have completed my apprenticeship this April.
How have you settled into the company?
At first the step from life as a student to working within NRL was challenging, however I have been able to adapt to my new job role and I am looking forward to any new challenges that lie ahead.
Why did you choose to pursue an apprenticeship?
When I finished my GCSE’s I had every intention of going to sixth form, getting my A Levels and going to University. However, after 6 months in sixth form I knew it wasn’t the long term option for me. I looked into apprenticeships that catered to my strengths in mathematics and applied for the job here.
Do you enjoy your job? What day-to-day tasks does it involve?
Working within credit control can be fast paced however I do enjoy my job, especially the different challenge that every day poses. My role as an apprentice Credit Controller is to post all incoming payments made to NRL onto our accounting systems as well as chase up any clients with an outstanding balance. I chase invoices falling due within the week but place emphasis on invoices already overdue.
What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship compared to studying at university?
Going to university has many positives however taking on an apprenticeship was the right choice for me. It has enabled me to gain hands on experience with a workplace, to earn an apprenticeship salary and when my apprenticeship is complete I will not owe any money due to student loans I may have taken out if I went to university.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
In five years’ time I hope to have completed various qualifications, to have a greater understanding of all credit control processes and to have an increased responsibility within the credit control department.
Do you feel that your skills are improving thanks to being in the workplace?
Working within a workplace has enabled me to improve many skills, such as my telephone manner, organisation and my communicational skills. My financial skills have also dramatically improved and I have developed them a lot thanks to the help I received from the rest of the credit control team.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is thinking of doing an apprenticeship?
Research the job you are going to be doing and make sure you like the sound of it, don’t just take an apprenticeship for the money and make sure you consider all of your options. I’m delighted that I decided to do an apprenticeship and I don’t regret it at all.