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Apprenticeships at Mortgage 1st

Its National Apprenticeship Week…

As this week is National Apprenticeship week we wanted to shine a spotlight on our very own apprentice Lewis Atkins. 

Firstly, we’d like to introduce Lewis. 

Lewis joined the Mortgage 1st team back in March 21, 18 years old at the time, and enrolled on the Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship Course. 

After his initial induction, Lewis was introduced to the team and started to gain an understanding of what we did and the service we provide.  

Lewis then began training within our admin department which involved general admin related tasks and checking, certifying and organising client documents in preparation for their mortgage application. 

As his confidence grew he started to answer incoming calls to the office as well as making calls to solicitors for updates on applications.  

He had to organise his time to ensure he was keeping on top of his course work whilst completing his weekly tasks.  

Every module within the Level 3 Business Administration course linked to the Mortgage Administrator role Lewis was performing for us on a daily basis, whether that be about customer service, communication or organisation, his learning could be demonstrated and put into practice daily.  

Lewis fully immersed himself into the role and his coursework as well as being a valued member of the team which saw him take part in charity events, team meetings, conferences and social events.

Lewis pictured with two of his colleagues Bradley & Carl after taking part in the Chesterfield 10k run.

Fast forward to today, Lewis is working through the final part of his course and is a competent member of our Admin Department, managing his own workload, supporting his colleagues and providing a great service to our customers. 

And to really show how far he’s come, Lewis joined us when we were exhibiting at a careers fair recently, at the school he attended! And spent the evening talking to students and parents about his apprenticeship. 

Lewis & Operations Director Lisa Stones exhibiting as a Schools Careers Fair.

We absolutely love having Lewis as part of our team and have enjoyed watching him learn and progress over the last 2 years. We feel like proud parents! We will continue to support him over the coming years and we’re excited to see his continue to develop at Mortgage 1st.

Lisa Stones, Operations Director – Mortgage 1st

Question & Answers with Lewis

  1. What appealed to you about an apprenticeship?

I learnt about apprenticeships in school, I just knew it was something I wanted to do. I wasn’t interested in going to college, I think most people who take on an apprenticeship would agree, they would rather get out there and start learning in more ways than just being taught in a classroom. 

  1. Why did you choose an apprenticeship in this sector? 

I chose the apprenticeship route as I knew this would benefit me more than I would if I was to go to College etc. I believe an apprenticeship is great for young & aspiring young adults. I chose to apply for Mortgage 1st because I knew this would be beneficial for my future. The company from the outside looked outstanding with all the Charity events & sponsorships they partake in. Working in an environment like this was my goal and I couldn’t have found one more suitable 

  1. What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship?  

My surroundings, the people in the company and where this opportunity can take me. 

  1.      What do you plan to do once you have completed your apprenticeship?  

What I want for my future is first of all is, to finish off my apprenticeship and gain my level 3 Business administration. After this I still want to be working for Mortgage 1st however in a different Department. The Protection side of mortgages has recently caught my eye. After some experience in this I would then like to get my CEMAP Qualification, to them become an adviser one day. 

  1.       Do you have any advice/top tips for young people thinking of doing an Apprenticeship?    

Keep working hard, the end result will be worth it!