In Summer 2020 I was out of work and facing an uncertain amount of time without income or the support of my friends and family. I sought to redefine my career and engage in meaningful work. A Business Administration Apprentice position with the Home Office was an opportunity for me to professionalise my skills and use my knowledge and experience to benefit others.
My day-to-day work is organisation and administration of the training and resources needed to support finance colleagues. 20% of my time is off-the-job, in this time I complete my apprenticeship tasks and form a portfolio of work to be assessed.
I find purpose in helping others succeed; I enjoy seeing the direct results of my work in the professional and personal development of my colleagues. In the Home Office I am continuously encouraged to learn and develop myself, both to progress my career and improve my wellbeing.
The Home Office is a Disability Confident Leader and, as someone with a learning difficulty, it is important to me that I work somewhere I can progress and develop, despite my limitations. Staff wellbeing is encouraged, which I was very grateful for when struggling with low mood during the pandemic. Being able to work from home was also a key factor in my wellbeing. I really enjoy having the flexibility to exercise at time that suits me and finishing my work later in the day.
There is a role to suit everyone in the Home Office. No matter your background or circumstance, you will always be supported and valued.