Earlier this month, it was National Apprenticeship Week – a seven-day celebration of the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring employers, apprentices and communities across the country.
This year’s theme was split into a tale of three different stories: making impact, making progress and making waves. So, how are our apprentices making a difference at Mango Pay?
Making impact – Sasha Davies
Working as a payroll apprentice, Sasha Davies is certainly making an impact for both Mango Pay and our clients.
We spoke to dance-loving Sasha about her apprenticeship and how she’s given the opportunity to make an impact each and every day.
Hi Sasha, why did you decide to go down the apprenticeship route?
I was at college studying Health and Social Care, but I really wasn’t enjoying it. I was browsing online, looking at different options, and the payroll services apprenticeship at Mango Pay popped up. I read the job description and realised that this was my opportunity to make an impact on my career and start something I’d love.
What was the interview like – any tips for future apprentices?
My interview was a relaxed face-to-face chat with Emily about the position, the apprenticeship and Mango Pay. My advice is to anyone is to stay relaxed – however nervous you might be.
And the onboarding process – how did Mango enable you to make an impact from day one?
I spent my first week in a smaller office, which felt like a nice close knit atmosphere to begin with. Emily spent a lot of time with me going through the day-to-day processes, what I’d be getting involved in, and what would be expected of me. I was definitely given the knowledge I needed to start making a difference straight away.
How have you continued making an impact?
Mango Pay has been really supportive with my apprenticeship, allowing me the time to study and gain knowledge that I can then use in my day-to-day work. Currently, I’m using my skills to create and update spreadsheets, input payroll information into the system and handle queries from employees. Tomorrow, who knows!
And last but not least, what does the future hold for you?
I can see myself staying and advancing my career with Mango Pay. I’m really enjoying progressing in my role and learning new skills each day. I’ll be making an impact at Mango for a long time yet.
Making progress – Rebecca Williamson
Joining Mango Pay as a compliance administrator apprentice, Rebecca is already making significant progress in her role – studying for her Level 3 qualification in Business Administration.
We spoke to movie-loving and shopping fanatic Rebecca about how her apprenticeship is enabling her to progress in her career.
Hi Rebecca, tell us a little bit about life before Mango Pay.
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I first entered the world of work. However, after spending time working in a nursery and as a receptionist, I knew that it wasn’t either of these.
Eager to advance my Business Administration studies, I began searching for an apprenticeship role where I could use my Level 2 skills and advance to Level 3. I found a compliance administration apprenticeship at Mango Pay and immediately, the position, people and company felt like the perfect fit.
So what was the interview process like – any horror stories?
Not at all. My first interview was with the apprenticeship provider, who made sure I understood what was going to happen and that I was happy with the role. Next, I came for an interview at Mango, which was friendly and relaxed. They made sure I was right for the position, while I made sure that the position was right for me.
And what about your first week – how was that?
It was great. I spent time with different teams to gain an in-depth knowledge of the business and how things operated. Mango Pay really took the time to teach me what I’d be doing in the long-term and on a day-to-day basis.
This year’s National Apprenticeship Weeks is all about “Making Progress” – how have you made progress with the help of Mango Pay?
My apprenticeship at Mango Pay has helped me progress with both my apprenticeship and Business Administration studies. I’m given tasks and responsibilities that supplement my course and provide me with a wider understanding of the business. My manager is really supportive of upskilling me and providing plenty of opportunities to learn new things and progress in my career.
Finally, what does the future hold for apprentice Rebecca Williamson?
Hopefully, continued progress! I can really see myself staying at Mango Pay, working my way up and progressing my career even further – all thanks to this apprenticeship.
Making waves together
Together, Sasha and Rebecca have been making waves at Mango Pay. Our business success depends on the success of our team, and that includes our apprentices. With fresh ideas, eager minds and hard-working attitudes, Sasha and Rebecca are positively contributing to our business growth, while we provide them with a supportive place to work and develop.
We certainly can’t wait to see what the future holds for our apprentices. If you’d like to find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities and build your future with us, get in touch.