Break the Trend: Meet Our Apprenticeship Champion Daniel Saunders

“I chose to do an apprenticeship as I wanted to be earning money whilst working towards a career rather than spending time at University!”

We had a chat with Daniel Saunders who is completing his Level 4 Business Administration qualification at Mortgages Explained – a well-respected and expert mortgage advice company in Plymouth city centre. We asked Daniel why he chose an apprenticeship.

“I wanted to develop my business knowledge further – and particularly in finance. The role here allows me to broaden my knowledge of mortgages and build on my previous experience through getting involved in a huge variety of tasks. I manage the case loads of customers from start to finish, which means I phone lenders and solicitors for updates, make sure customers are well informed of processes and ensure applications are completed properly. I also help the mortgage advisors with research.

“The job was daunting at first as the mortgage sector is a whole new business area to get to grips with. However the team are very supportive, we all get on well, and I’m really enjoying the job. Once I’ve completed my qualification, I’d like to stay here and start the Certificate of Mortgage Advice. This takes 12 months to complete and then I’ll be a trainee mortgage advisor – I’m very grateful that the company is willing to support me through this. In the future, I’d like to keep growing with the organisation.

“My advice for anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be to take on more responsibility wherever you can and embrace the opportunity to learn new skills. I’m pleased I chose to do an apprenticeship as I now have an exciting career in front of me!”