Husna from Derbyshire recently completed a traineeship in Business Administration, and has now set her sights on finding a job so that she can support herself through university.

Husna, 20, moved to the UK from Bangladesh in 2010. After completing her A-Levels in 2018 she wanted to study International Relations with Mandarin at university, but was unable to access funding at the time due to her immigration status.

Husna was later forced to move into a women’s refuge, and started looking for a job so that she could support herself while waiting to continue her studies. With an interest in business, Husna felt that she would be suited to an administration role, however without job-related skills and relevant work experience this proved hard to come by.

At this point Husna was signposted by her Job Centre Plus advisor to Seetec’s Business Administration traineeship. The 6-12 week programme combines a mix of classroom-based and online learning with a work placement, enabling 16-24 year old learners to gain relevant vocational skills and valuable CV-building experience without affecting Universal Credit payments.

Husna enrolled onto the traineeship in February 2021, and was given a laptop and a tablet so that she could access online learning during the national lockdown. She was supported by her tutor to build a range of skills that would support her in her job search, including CV writing and interview techniques, and Seetec Outsource was able to secure a work placement for her at the office of a local training provider, just a five-minute walk away from where she was living.

Speaking about her experience, Husna said: “I’m really glad I completed the business administration traineeship. My tutor was always there to support me, and I enjoyed putting what I’d learned into practice during my work placement. I can now show employers that I have experience of working in administration and know what’s expected of me.”

Changes to Husna’s immigration status mean that she will be able to take up a place at university in September, but she plans to work part-time to support herself during her studies. The skills and experience she has gained on programme will help to make this possible.

Sharon Hale, Husna’s tutor, is incredibly proud of how far she has come in a short space of time. She said: “I’ve been really impressed by Husna’s willingness to learn and determination to succeed. She has picked up a lot of new skills and grown in confidence, and is well on her way to securing the future she wants. The traineeship has been a great stepping stone for Husna, and we look forward to hearing about what she goes on to achieve next.”

More information about our business administration traineeship can be found here.