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"My apprenticeship has allowed me to develop my leadership skills"

Maitham Rashid


While studying for his BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Management degree at Hallam, Maitham Rashid has since won Retail Apprentice of the Year in the Asian Apprentice Awards 2018 and gained promotion to Senior Manager at Morrisons.

"One of my favourite modules has been the Work-based Review, which involved me finding a problem within my department, taking the theory and applying it to the problem."

"I chose to do a degree apprenticeship because it allowed me to gain the best of both worlds by combining both university and real life-work experience without having to get into debt. I used websites such as Not Going to Uni, the gov.uk apprenticeship search and UCAS to find the apprenticeship I wanted. These websites would then direct you onto the company website allowing you to apply for the scheme you wanted.

What I like about my role is that it's never boring and always challenging. My apprenticeship has allowed me to develop my leadership and teamwork skills by becoming a manager and learning how to deal with many different situations. No two days are the same – meaning you must always think on your feet to keep up with the pace. The balance between work and study has been good – I make sure I leave work at work to enable me to focus on my university work."


"Each module is different with each lecturer bringing their own enthusiasm to the module. The Reflective and Personal Development module allowed me to develop both at work and as a person, because it focused on taking time out to look at your own individual strengths/weaknesses and how to get the best out your team, improving the overall performance of me and my team. One of my favourite modules has been the Work-based Review module, which involved me finding a problem within my department and really taking the theory and applying it to the problem.

My biggest achievements so far have been winning Retail Apprentice of the Year at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards 2018 and taking the initial steps to team manager, followed by senior manager. After my apprenticeship, I intend on using the experience and knowledge I gain from work and university to move up the ladder into a higher managerial position."

What tips would you give to other applicants?

  1. Be yourself
  2. Make sure you know the company inside and out!
  3. Do your research
  4. Show you are passionate
  5. Don't be afraid to ask for help
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