Posted on 4th November 2016
New face of the future at Bennett Christmas
With thousands of professional social networking posts, not to mention a company-wide rebranding under his belt and now a groundbreaking app in the offing, Liam Benson is proof that apprenticeships can be the start of a brilliant career.
The first apprentice to be taken on by Mid-Sussex Insurance Brokers Bennett Christmas, 20-year-old Liam has just planted his feet permanently under the desk as marketing assistant in the company’s Burgess Hill HQ.
Having completed a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Marketing through work-based training specialists Creative Process, Liam now takes on full-time, in-house responsibility for social media, design and event handling across the company’s retail and wholesale divisions.
“I was really keen to get on with the job and the beauty of this kind of training is that you can do it at the pace that suits you,” says Liam, who gained his certificate three months ahead of schedule.
But the learning – and the fun – doesn’t end there.
“There’s so much more of social media to explore. I want to take it to another level,” says Liam, who is planning to add a host of online courses to his CV, including Hootsuite accreditation.
He’s been encouraged by the company’s commitment to professional development and a board open to hearing fresh ideas.
A member of the brokers newly formed Futures Group, set up by management to encourage staff under 25 to think outside of the box, Liam is already busy working on a Bennett Christmas mobile app.
He is reminded every day of how far he’s come over the past nine months.
“The company has seen a rise in the number of enquiries as a result of us finding new ways to communicate with customers and clients. It’s good to see a return on investment on me personally and to know I’m making a difference makes me very proud,” says Liam.
“It’s great to see my creative work come to life, too. Every time I arrive at work I see the newly rebranded Bennett Christmas Insurance and BC Underwriting signs and realise they probably wouldn’t be up there if I wasn’t here!”
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