Alice was born and grew up in Scarborough. Like many young people in the area who decide not to go to university, Alice found employment in the hospitality sector on leaving college. What had previously been weekend and holiday work became a full-time job.
In 2012, Alice became one of the first cohort of apprentices at Sirius Minerals, joining the company as a business administration apprentice. After a year, Alice progressed from a Level 2 apprenticeship to Level 3, which she successfully completed in 2015. Alice spent one day a week at Yorkshire Coast College, now known as Scarborough TEC, where she worked towards her qualifications alongside her work based learning.
In her role, Alice undertook a range of administrative duties across a variety of departments. This included a temporary spell in a senior position, covering for maternity leave, as the office manager / executive assistant at the company’s London office. In 2015 Alice won 'Administration Apprentice of the Year' at the Scarborough Business Awards.
Alice progressed into the role of contracts officer in early 2017. The position is part of the the commercial department of the project development team, and involves engaging potential suppliers, negotiating rates and providing contract management support.
She has now started a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) at Coventry University, Scarborough Campus. This is the perfect vehicle to enable Alice to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to help her in current role and to progress her career in contract management. The four-year degree apprenticeship will result in Alice will gaining an academic degree qualification – BA (Hons) Management and Leadership – together with accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute.
Apprenticeships are an important part of Sirius’s strategy to grow a local workforce. The Company has a firm commitment to take on apprentices and help young people to learn and gain the qualifications they need, whilst progressing in their roles. Degree apprenticeships will help the company to develop leadership talent and grow the higher-level skills it needs in order to meet its business goals.