We are always looking for ways to develop young people and in line with our Go The Extra Mile campaign we have a significant focus on creating opportunities for the next generation to thrive in workplaces. 

This month 17-year-old Lucy completed the 100 hours of her traineeship programme with the Trust. In her time with the us, Lucy has contributed significantly by improving the systems and processes for the Trust via her high level of professionalism and exhibition of the Trust’s values. We have been thrilled that Lucy has accepted our offer of a one year apprenticeship as Finance Assistant.

Along with her normal duties, the budding accountant will be working closely with our Giveback Team in relation to athlete invoicing. 

Lucy from Beckenham and a student at London South East Colleges enrolled for a traineeship in order to give her more employability skills and interview techniques, after her first application and interview for a job was unsuccessful. Her college found her the work experience with the us and this has now been converted into a full-time apprenticeship post.

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Lucy says: “I 'm really grateful to be working here. My colleagues made feel so welcome when I first arrived and have given me so much support. I’m so lucky to have this as my first ever full-time job.

“I would like to become an accountant or financial manager and will be starting my AAT Level 2 qualification at College in January. I will put the same effort into achieving this qualification as I have into my traineeship so far."

Lucy’s supervisor and line manager is the Trust’s Head of Finance, Kamal Chadha. He says: “I wasn’t sure we’d find someone for the type and amount of work we get through. But, as we are in the business of helping to create opportunities for young people, I decided to give it a go.

“London South East Colleges sent us two very good candidates for the post and it was difficult to make a choice. In the end, we were very impressed by Lucy’s answers and preparation and she interviewed very well. She works hard, she listens, she learns and always meets deadlines. She is also very popular with her team. I will be entrusting her with more responsibilities in the new year and she will become the first point of contact for athlete invoicing.”

Lucy will start her AAT Accounting course on a day-release programme in January. We look forward to seeing her develop in the role and we are pleased to welcome her to the Trust!