Posted: 6 Mar, 2017

A former apprentice at our Boston Office has jumped at the chance to launch a new career within the company.

Victoria Bell, 18, joined Focus Boston as an apprentice administrator in 2014 and was taken on as a permanent member of the administration staff a year later after completing her training at Boston College.

But, when a vacancy arose in the surveyors’ department at the end of last year, she put herself forward to be considered for a role in the team.

Now, after a three-month trial in the department she has become a trainee CAD technician, working on computer-aided design.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, which runs from 6th to 10th March, Victoria is sharing her story to inspire others.

“Working at Focus has enabled me to improve my confidence and skills in different areas,”

said Victoria,

“As my first job out of school, it gave me a great deal of experience in the real world.”

“Moving into the surveyors’ department provided me with a chance to follow a career path I had an interest in. Working in a challenging environment with experienced mentors to guide me has allowed me to enhance my knowledge of the industry and discover a career I want to pursue.”

Victoria has worked on a variety of different projects, undertaking tasks such as design work on AutoCAD, contract administration and party wall surveying.

Partner at Focus, Trevor Newton, said:

“When Victoria asked us if she could have a trial working in the surveyors’ department at Focus we were happy to oblige, as we encourage our employees to develop their skills. She has thrived in her new role and is enjoying the work. It really illustrates how apprenticeships can open up opportunities for young people and represent the start of a good career route.

“Her story is quite appropriate for the theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, which is ‘ladder of opportunity’.”