An apprentice with an outstanding attitude to work has wowed her employers so much they wish they could replicate her.
Nadia Begum, aged 19, is a finance assistant at Nemesis Now, a fantasy giftware wholesaler based in Stoke-on-Trent.
After just one year in the job, Nadia has made herself indispensable, and her manager Wendy Hemmings believes the young apprentice will make it to the top.
Wendy said: “We had a lot of difficulties finding an assistant bookkeeper, and I thought the role might be suitable for an apprentice because we could teach them the way we work.
“Nadia arrived from PM Training and from the beginning she was confident, willing to learn, and had the right experience.
“Everything dropped into place, and when she has completed her level 3, we are planning to train her in AAT, professional accounting qualifications.
“We want to invest in her future and develop Nadia in our company, to enable her to support our customers, suppliers and each other.”
The creative company launched in 2002 and has expanded over the years. It started supplying to small shops initially, but it has grown dramatically and now employs 27 people, exporting throughout Europe and further afield.
In recent years, six apprentices have worked at Nemesis Now. But despite the growth, the company still nurtures a unique approach to staffing which promotes excellence in everything they achieve.
Wendy said: “We’re not like a normal company, our staff get involved in every part of the business.
“Often, a customer will describe a new product to the sales team, and they’ll work with the designers to develop the idea, and involve the purchasing department.
“There is a lot of collaboration and it’s important for staff to know every part of the company.”
Nemesis Now has recently relocated from its original base in Sutherland Road to City Road in Stoke-on-Trent after outgrowing the former site.
Nadia is proud to be working for the successful firm and can see her long-term future there.
She said: “I’m really happy I found this job, it’s launched my career and I can see clear progression in my future.
“I would recommend PM Training to other young people. I joined in September 2014 and stayed until March 2015. In that time I learned a lot of valuable business admin skills, including researching and how to make a good impression on people.
“Now I have a job I enjoy and I‘m learning new things all the time.”