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Apprentice Lily blossoms with Leeds housebuilder

An apprentice from Morley has done so well during her course that she has been offered a permanent post with her employer, Lovell and is using this week, National Apprenticeship Week (4th to 8th March 2019) to appeal to other school leavers to consider taking up an apprenticeship.

Lily Crossley, age 17 embarked on the Business Administration Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 in February 2018 and following its completion, she has been promoted to marketing co-ordinator, supporting the sales and marketing team at Lovell’s Eastern Region head office at Turnberry Park.

She has spent the past 12 months working full time for Lovell whilst studying at the same time and spending one day per month with her assessor from national training provider Qube Learning.

After completing her GCSEs at Morley Academy, Lily opted for the apprenticeship route in order to start earning sooner and get stuck into a career path.  She said, “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after finishing school so choosing a course in Business Administration seemed like a sensible choice.  Plus, I wanted to do something that involved working with people of different ages and experiences. I knew staying within my peer group wouldn’t push me enough.

“Now I’m working for Lovell, I’ve found an industry and career path that really excites me.  There are lots of opportunities for progression here and it is great being able to learn all about the housebuilding sector.

“I would encourage anyone thinking about what to do next after school, not to be afraid of an alternative path.  In fact the apprenticeship route is becoming increasingly popular and in my opinion it is a much better way to get a foot on the career ladder sooner.  In the near future I hope to be able to undertake another course to develop my skills in sales and marketing specifically.”

Michelle Connor, Lily’s assessor at Qube Learning said, “Lily was a dedicated student who was keen to learn and progress herself in her Business Administration qualification and career at Lovell.  

“She has worked hard since starting her employment; to manage the qualification and progress in her job roles whilst still working to a high standard.  She is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication from leaving school. 

“It shows what other opportunities are out there and sometimes choosing an alternative path to further education can be the best choice to get a foot on the career ladder.  Lily was a pleasure to teach and I am really proud of what she has achieved so far.”

Toni Boden, sales and marketing manager at Lovell added, “We believe that investing in apprentices is an important way of attracting a diverse range of talented people into our company and the construction industry generally. We recruit local apprentices who go on to become the next generation of skilled Lovell employees.

“Lily very quickly proved herself a valuable asset to the team and we had no hesitation in offering her a permanent role within the business on completion of her course.  We have every confidence in her ability and are confident she will thrive as we continue to support her through her development.”

Lovell is building a range of beautiful, high specification new homes across the region, including into Lincolnshire, Rutland, Derbyshire as well as in Yorkshire.

For more information about a career with Lovell, visit http://morgansindallgroupcareers.com/lovell.