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Haleema Baker-Mir

Case Study: Apprentice

While studying at sixth-form, Haleema Baker-Mir was encouraged by her teachers to go to university.

While studying at sixth-form, Haleema Baker-Mir was encouraged by her teachers to go to university.

But she decided she would rather gain experience of the workplace and applied for a degree apprenticeship.

The 18-year-old, from Halifax, now works in the supply chain arm of Nestle as a demand planner – ensuring supermarkets are kept stocked with Nestle’s products – and will also work in sales, marketing and HR.

She spends one week studying at Sheffield Hallam University for every six weeks spent in the office. The three-year scheme leads to a degree, chartered manager status and a permanent job with Nestle.

“I just felt university wasn’t the right course for me. Everything I learn now is directly applied to my job,” she said.

“For example, I’m studying sales and marketing, and when I move into a sales role as part of my rotation I’ll be able to apply that to the job.

“I find it incredible that at 21, compared to my friends who did go to uni, I’ll have not only a degree but also a professional status. “I’ll already be in a role with a job under my belt and I’ll have the work experience they won’t have.”

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