Sarah Madden, Higher Apprentice at Interserve Learning & Employment
As the Executive Assistant to the Senior Team at Interserve Learning & Employment, a national training provider based in Sheffield, Sarah Madden’s usual working day involves maintaining and managing complex dairies for Directors, organising travel itineraries and accommodation, conducting research tasks and dealing appropriately with all forms of communications on behalf of the Senior Team.
Sarah left school in 1996 to study as an apprentice in Business Administration. She achieved her NVQ levels 1 and 2 and now after twenty years of putting these qualifications into practice, utilising her training and receive promotions, Sarah has now enrolled onto a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Business Management equivalent to a foundation degree.
Sharing her story, Sarah said that: “When I left school, I had strong GCSEs grades, however, I decided college and university wasn’t ideally the way I wanted to go. Throughout my career I’ve held various positions, starting as an administrator at an engineering company and progressing into sales at local car dealership where I was then promoted to Personal Assistant to the Regional Manager. My apprenticeship opened up these roles to me and really allowed me to learn what an employer expected of me.”
“I’ve committed myself to developing my career as a Personal Assistant, having held my current positon at Interserve for 13 years this March 2017, I felt that I was ready to take on a new challenge. The opportunity was there for me to enhance the skills I have acquired over the years and have those formally recognised with a qualification, and I thought, why not?”
As an Interserve Employee Foundation Ambassador, Sarah has further advanced her career aspirations and volunteers for multiple local charity projects. Her most recent project helped to raise over £1,100 for Hallam FM’s Mission Christmas.
Commenting on Sarah’s apprenticeship, manager and Managing Director of Interserve Learning & Employment Chris Peel said that: “Sarah is an intrinsic part of our team, and to see her work to continually develop herself is admirable. Her commitment to self-development is something we encourage at Interserve and the benefits for those who do are often extensive.”
As one of the largest providers of education, training and employability services, Interserve Learning & Employment is committed to providing high quality apprenticeships and work-based vocational qualifications throughout the UK.
- Interserve Learning & Employment is part of Interserve PLC and is a major supplier of employment and skills services.
- Interserve Learning & Employment delivers education and work-based learning that support economic growth and is the joint third largest training provider in the UK.
- Interserve Learning & Employment is one of the SFA’s leading providers, delivering around 7,000 apprenticeships a year.
- Our four key values enable us to put people and places at the centre of our business, delivering sustainable communities, economic development and social inclusion. These are: Everyone has a voice, take pride in what you do, bring better to life and do the right thing.
For further information please contact:
Rebecca Edgecumbe, Marketing Executive at Interserve Learning & Employment