As part of our ‘meet the apprentices’ series, we caught up with Naomi, our Business Administration Apprentice. Find out what she enjoys about their role at Homes for Lambeth and what she gets up to outside work.
What is your typical day like?
I work closely with the Executive Assistant to the CEO. I do things like set up meetings, raise purchase orders, help organise staff events, and provide support to a few of the other teams in the organisation. I am currently giving support to the Housing Management team, and some tasks involve getting in contact with suppliers, collating quotes, taking minutes, gathering information etc.
Tell us something interesting about you
I love art. I enjoy drawing and painting from time to time. Recently, I’ve been working with clay making handmade clay pins. I am now finally learning how to use Photoshop and Illustrator while at Homes for Lambeth (this is a skill I had wanted to obtain for a very long time). I also have an interest in the performing arts, particularly dance.
What brought you to Homes for Lambeth?
What drew me to Homes for Lambeth specifically was both the role and the organisation itself. I believe the goals and values this organisation has aligns with mine. I joined hoping that working here would allow me to be part of great accomplishments that would benefit the people of Lambeth. I live in council housing, so I wanted to join Homes for Lambeth as I believed I would be contributing to something good whilst learning as an apprentice.
What are you most proud of professionally?
The first job I ever had was as a prosthetics artist trainee, and I’m proud of the work I did whilst I was there. We would create lifelike silicone mannequins of characters of movies that were made by the film company I worked for. These mannequins were exhibited in Paris, and seeing the work I helped create being exhibited was a wonderful moment. My boss was being interviewed, and she mentioned my name along with the rest of the team. This was printed in a newspaper (French newspaper, I believe). It was a very proud moment for me to have been recognised for the work that I did.
What would you like to achieve in my role at Homes for Lambeth?
As the business admin support apprentice, I can help the different departments of the organisation. This means I get to learn many different things and really get out of my comfort zone. I’d like to learn as much as I can and build my confidence. Through my role at Homes for Lambeth, I hope to understand myself more and recognise and develop my capabilities. I believe this will help me have a clearer idea of what I want to do in the future and how to pursue it.