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Being an apprentice for the RAF Benevolent Fund

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a week that celebrates the contribution made by apprentices. Rebecca Grosvenor is an apprentice at the RAF Benevolent Fund and in this guest blog she tells us more about her role and what she enjoys about working at the Fund.

I began working for the RAF Benevolent Fund in July 2012 on a temporary contract. My main role was to scan anything that could be scanned to help the Fund go paperless. 

Rebecca GrosvenorOver the next 17 months I managed to gain plenty of new skills and confidence by working with a number of people. Finally, in January of this year my apprenticeship officially started. 

I'm currently working in the RAF Benevolent Fund's Fundraising department. I'm working with everyone in the department and I have a set schedule which allows me to gain as much experience and knowledge as I can from the various roles. I've been doing lots of different work that's included legacy administration, direct marketing research and market research for the online shop. I'm also helping with the planning of the 2014 Christmas carol service and other events happening throughout the year.

My apprenticeship course is with Babcock International Group and is a Level 2 Business Administration course. My course is for 12 months and during that period I will sit eight exams and complete various in-house tasks.

I have selected five units and each unit has a number of tasks and questions which I have to complete in order to pass. The different units range from simple tasks like understanding a diary system to more challenging ones like helping to organise an event.

The range of help and support that the RAF Benevolent Fund offers never fails to amaze me. I feel incredibly proud to work alongside a great bunch of people who are all here for the same reason, and everyone that I have worked with has been kind and helpful.

By Rebecca Grosvenor

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