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Why a HR apprenticeship was Lauren's best career move

Why a HR apprenticeship was Lauren's best career move

Steven Miles our consultant managing the role
Date posted: 06/01/2020

As part of its commitment to developing people, Mitchells & Butlers is proud to offer its employees the opportunities to be #ReachingNewHeights in their careers. For those looking to seize the opportunity, like Lauren, Mitchells & Butlers will provide the support and time flexibility to take on an apprenticeship.

Read on to hear why Lauren believes you're never too old for an apprenticeships - they're for people of all ages and experience levels.


An apprenticeship where you can help other apprentices

Vocational Learning Attraction Manager, Lauren Carroll, has recently taken on this opportunity, enrolling onto the CIPD Level 5 HR Apprenticeships with Crosby Management Training, earlier this year. Lauren is always working to give young people the opportunity to shine, placing them in a whole host of apprenticeships across the UK, so she knew the time was right to work towards her own apprenticeship.

“I know the power of apprenticeships for those in entry level roles, but I’m also a massive advocate of apprenticeships for those further along their career journey. For me, I’ve been with Mitchells & Butlers for nearly three years and when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to develop myself with the CIPD Level 5 HR Apprenticeship."


The CIPD Level 5 HR apprenticeship aims to further develop HR professionals who are passionate about people initiatives in larger organisations.

“This apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to work towards a broad HR apprenticeship, having a behind-the-scenes view of areas of the business I had never previously seen. As a broad HR knowledge and the ability to influence senior team members are both key if you want a successful career journey, this apprenticeship has become one of the best career steps I've made."

Putting her best foot forward

As part of the undergraduate degree equivalent course, Lauren has not only been #ReachingNewHeights in her HR career but she's put on her walking boots for a trip to Snowdonia National Park. Providing a valuable team-building experience and opportunities to develop resilience, leadership and decision making, Lauren gave us the rundown of why apprenticeships are perfect for those looking to step up their career game.

“The Snowdonia trip with Crosby Management Training was amazing and allowed me to put into practice some of the skills I’d learnt so far whilst learning some new ones, in a setting away from the office. I was with a group of fantastic people and I would definitely recommend for anybody to take up the opportunity for an away day as part of their apprenticeship. With no mobile phones and just each other, it was great to share experiences and stories with one another whilst also being outside.

I took some valuable lessons away from the trip. I really saw my leadership skills develop when I was leading our team to staying afloat on the rafts. Also, when we needed to work as a team to successfully navigate or during gorge-scrambling, that was a really rewarding moment."

Looking ahead to a bright career with M&B

When we asked Lauren what she was most excited about, she told us that that she can't wait to take what she's learnt and put it into practice.

“I’m looking forward to taking these experiences with me and working towards finishing my apprenticeship by next Summer.”

Want to find out more about how an apprenticeship at Mitchells & Butlers can take your career to the next level?

Has Lauren's story got you itching to find out more about M&B apprenticeships?

With a range of opportunities available, including IT apprenticeships and management apprenticeships, we're sure to have something that ticks your boxes. Explore our head offices jobs, or check out our apprenticeship content for careers advice and the latest stories from our apprentices.

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