An apprenticeship has been just the job for Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, a former trainee in Sheffield who is now working with the Shiregreen community as a neighbourhood partnerships manager.
Sophie manages a team of staff alongside Shiregreen community projects including supporting a group of local childminders, the cultural Ambassadors programme with local schools and last month’s Shiregreen Community Awards.
Where it started
She has come a long way since beginning her apprenticeship, starting her career with Sanctuary in January 2011 after opting for a six-month work placement in Sheffield over classroom studies before applying for an apprenticeship in the neighbourhoods team. She secured the position and started a level three NVQ apprenticeship in business and administration.
Sophie said: “I enjoyed working in the Shiregreen community and interacting with local residents. My apprenticeship helped me learn new skills while having the opportunity to put these into practice in a work environment.”
Neighbourhood partnership manager
After successfully completing her apprenticeship, Sophie was delighted to secure a permanent role with Sanctuary as a neighbourhood assistant and following two further promotions she is now working as neighbourhood partnerships manager.
Sophie said: “I’m really passionate about the local community and the opportunities given to me by Sanctuary mean I’ve been able to find a very rewarding career path. I would encourage other young people to consider an apprenticeship as a route to securing a fantastic career.”
Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, Colleen Eccles, added: “We are all very proud of Sophie. The apprenticeship gave her a unique opportunity and she took advantage of this, showing how hard work and commitment is ultimately rewarded. Sophie will shortly be managing a new apprentice who will benefit from her broad experience.”
Sanctuary operates a UK-wide apprenticeship scheme that is helping many young people into employment.
The award winning scheme has supported more than 1,000 young people into placements, both directly within Sanctuary and through development partners.
The programme provides apprentices with a meaningful career path, on-the-job training, support in achieving nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to earn while they learn.
For more information visit www.sanctuary-apprenticeships.co.uk