Katie Murphy – Business Admin Apprentice

“I knew it would allow me to get first-hand experience, receive a qualification and that I would get paid whilst doing it.” 


This case study features Katie Murphy, Business Admin Apprentice at the Curtins.

What is your job title?

Business Administrator

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

I was in my first few months of sixth form and decided that I was done with school and wanted to have first-hand experience in my chosen profession. I knew it would allow me to get first-hand experience, receive a qualification and that I would get paid whilst doing it. It just seemed like a no brainer.

What sort of activities did you do in your role whilst you were on the apprenticeship? 

I took on lots of tasks in my apprenticeship. I helped our solicitor with posting and with couriers for legal documents, scanned documents for various members of staff, ordered all stationery and various cleaning products, had regular meetings with suppliers discussing our account, set up lunches and drinks for management meetings, helped to fundraise for our charities, regularly updated spreadsheets, chased company timesheets and posted them in our system, covered reception and many other tasks.

What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?

I have mostly enjoyed just understanding more about business as a whole and gaining so much knowledge and skills that I know will assist me in the future.

How was your training with Damar? 

My training with Damar was really good and well-organised. I had constant support from my coach whenever I needed it. I was set tasks with clear instructions and a timeline to complete them in. The tasks were also really relevant and helped me a lot with the knowledge I needed for my EPA (end-point assessment).

What do you think your biggest achievement has been as an apprentice? 

My biggest achievement in work would be being nominated for a staff award, but specifically as an apprentice, it would be gaining a distinction in my Level 3 Business Administration qualification.

What do you think you have contributed to your organisation during your apprenticeship?

I think a bring a positive outlook to the workplace and I feel that I am quite versatile and can cover an array of tasks in the company efficiently.

What are your career plans now you’ve finished your apprenticeship?

My plans are to stay with the company. I am currently in the finance team and would like to keep progressing within the team and hopefully one day become a manger or accountant.