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    Dominic Schmitz

    Business Administrator

    Sutton

    About Dom:

    I’ve had quite an interesting journey up until now and tried a few different things, in terms of education and work experience. I went to Whitgift in Croydon where I studied English, Art, Graphics and German A-Levels and then I attended Swansea University for two years to study Educational Studies, before I dropped out.

    I must admit, I am a big people person and I love social environments. I thought university was going to be a lot more exciting but it turned out to be pretty dull and didn’t meet my expectations. I wasn’t enjoying my course either so I decided it was time for a change. I heard about the Apprenticeship Hub on the Sutton Council’s Twitter and after I looked into a handful of vacancies, I spotted one that sounded right up my street.

    What Dom is doing now:

    I am now working at a Sutton-based company called Road 2 Success, which is actually a learning provider for children who have been excluded from school and have nowhere else to go. We provide training to a Level 1 standard in either Hair+ Beauty, Plumbing, Electrics, Tiling or Decorating – as well as providing functional skills training and PSHE qualifications. It is a small company and we have four offices in Morden, Croydon, Tooting and Brighton.

    My role is Business Administrator, which requires good organisational skills to juggle a variety of tasks. My main responsibilities include dealing with attendance, answering phone, basic accounting, dealing/creating with incident and safeguarding reports, and money handling.

    I absolutely love it. Just as I expected, this apprenticeship enables me to interact with young people, network with parents and talk to new people every day through a range of communication forms. It is self-fulfilling to help others who are in similar circumstances to me a few years ago. I think there should be a lot more awareness of apprenticeships in schools and colleges for young people.

     

    “Employing an apprentice has given us the opportunity to train an ambitious young person without any pre-concieved ideas on what is required in the working environment. We have been able to help Dominic build an appreciation for all elements of the business and likewise, he has supported us in many ways. Dominic has brought new, fresh ideas to the table, as well as fulfilling his own role. His adept computing skills have already greatly benefitted the company as a whole. He has already successfully completed his NSPCC Safeguarding training and is currently working towards his Level 3 Business Administration qualification. Dominic has settled in incredibly well and is a valued member of the team.”
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