Tanya selected for CU Futures

Congratulations to Penny Post Customer Services Administrator, Tanya Aspbury, on being selected for this year’s CU Futures programme, the young professionals’ development programme delivered in partnership by ABCUL and the Credit Union Foundation.

Penny Post is committed to investing in young people to develop our team and improve the overall service to all our loyal members, and we’re proud of being awarded regional ‘Highly Commended‘ in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2 years running. Tanya is the fifth member of the Penny Post Team to be selected for the CU Futures programme, and follows in the footsteps of Jas, Hannah, Lewis and Charissa.

Tanya joined Penny Post as a Customer Service Apprentice in August 2019 but due to the pandemic, most of her apprenticeship was spent working from home. We caught up with Tanya to ask about her successful application.

What made you apply for CU Futures?

Ultimately to further my career and help me to progress. I have seen 4 of my colleagues do so well on this programme and 2 of them have now been promoted. They have all said that it was a hard course but so rewarding in lots of ways, and I feel inspired by their efforts to better themselves.

I applied last year, and although I didn’t get through (there are so many people applying for a handful of places) I was not put off, and if anything, it made me more determined to apply again this year.

I was so happy when I received the email to say that my application had been successful and I had gained a place for 2022 – I couldn’t stop smiling!

What excites you about CU Futures?

I have just completed my third online session with my cohort, and already I am feeling like a young professional!

CU Futures is giving me opportunities to meet with people I would not normally come into contact with, and it is broadening my thinking. I am excited about travelling to meetings and events in Manchester and London – I have never been to London before so all this is an adventure!

I know I will have to work hard, and I am prepared to put the effort in to get the results needed to graduate.

What do you think you will gain from CU Futures?

I will definitely gain more knowledge around the credit union movement and also in the world of work itself. I am starting to think differently – I am considering strategies and free-thinking (thinking outside the box) and I am enjoying experiencing the situations I find myself in. The interactions I have with my group are so positive and refreshing – I am starting to believe that I can achieve anything if I work hard and put my heart and soul into it.

I am so grateful that my Managers and colleagues in Penny Post also believed in me and recommended my application to ABCUL and the Credit Union Foundation. I will not waste this precious opportunity and I am so confident that this time next year I will be a graduate of CU Futures!

Good luck Tanya, we’re all so proud of you!