Sara Weller

Leadership & Management apprentice, Optivo

As Sarah had not been to university, she knew when she was provided with the information about the apprenticeship, that this would be a great opportunity to gain a formal qualification in management. She had been a manager for a number of years and was really keen to learn more about the theories behind management, to help her put things into perspective. 

She is constantly thinking of where she can utilise what she’s learnt within her day to day job. For example, She has just completed her teams’ annual appraisals which she is using as evidence within her portfolio.

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I am getting good at reflection. In order to allow myself the necessary time to focus on this apprenticeship, I have to be very organised, prioritise my workload effectively and I block out time in my calendar to concentrate on it. I am getting really good at reflecting and using my learning with colleagues or team members. I am also the Safeguarding champion at work which helped when working on all aspects of Safeguarding in my apprenticeship.

Sara’s thoughts on the apprenticeship so far

My Personal Tutor, Yolande, is very knowledgeable and approachable, and she encourages me to complete my work to a high standard. All the staff I have worked with at Paragon Skills have been great and encouraging. The workshop sessions I have been attending have also been really helpful for my progression. 

I have had amazing support from the L&OD team at Optivo, and my line manager whilst completing my apprenticeship. I receive excellent feedback from Charlene in our L&OD team on a regular basis which is really encouraging. My line manager has been really supportive and truly is ‘one of life’s brilliant managers’. By doing this apprenticeship I know it will provide me with additional tools to be the best manager I can be. I am working really hard to hopefully gain a distinction. By doing this apprenticeship I know it will provide me with additional tools to be the best manager I can be.

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