Reach for the Stars with an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in insurance and accounts helped Holly Baird to become a ‘Rising Star’ – somewhat surprisingly in the jewellery trade!

Insurance and accounting are not professions normally associated with glamour and sophistication but one Plymouth former apprentice is proving that the opposite can be true.

Nineteen-year-old Holly Baird, who successfully completed an apprenticeship and is now permanently employed by Insurance Brokers TH March, recently attended a very stylish event in London after being named one of the UK’s ’30 under 30 Rising Stars of 2019’ by top jewellery trade magazine ‘Retail Jeweller’.

Holly began her career as an apprentice in the accounts department of leading jewellery specialist Insurance Brokers TH March. She was nominated for the award (in the Sales and Administration category) by the company’s HR Manager, Jo Morgan.

Holly received the prestigious award when she joined 29 other young ‘Rising Stars’ from across the country (all connected in some way to the UK jewellery trade) for a celebration and networking event hosted by the editor of ‘Retail Jeweller’ magazine; Ruth Faulkner at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. (Holly is pictured at the celebration with magazine editor, Ruth Faulkner).

Ms Faulkner explained: “The aim of the ‘Rising Stars 30 under 30’ is to build a greater awareness of the career paths available to young people across the jewellery and watch trade and give up-and-coming talent a chance to shine. This year, competition was tougher than ever so huge congratulations to all of our winners who are definite assets to the businesses they work for and thoroughly deserving of recognition.”

Holly said: “I was a bit nervous at first I but thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet others who are connected to the jewellery industry and it was interesting to hear from previous winners of the award who shared their advice and experience”.

Retail Jeweller’s ‘Rising Stars’ initiative, which is now in its fifth year, aims to recognise the best up-and-coming talent from across all areas of the UK jewellery and allied trades from manufacturing and design through to support functions such as insurance services, accountancy, marketing and PR.

Holly joined TH March in June 2017 as part of the company’s apprenticeship scheme. She explained that University had never really appealed to her but the idea of working and earning whilst getting valuable experience and qualifications was something that was of great interest to her having been inspired by friends who had also gone along the apprenticeship route.

HR Manager Jo Morgan said:

“We have a strong culture of growing our own experts here at TH March and our apprentices tend to do very well often going on to enjoy long careers with us. Holly has worked extremely hard and learned a great deal during her time here. We are really proud that she has won an award from an industry that is so core to our business and I am sure that, she has a great career ahead of her.”

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