Inside Admiral

Budding animator given chance to shine at Admiral

An animation student who struggled to find work in the industry is now an award-winning member of the team at Admiral designing key online courses for its staff.

Ashley Walden (pictured above) was out of work for a year after leaving university but, after being taken on by Admiral, is now designing training courses for employees and recently became a finalist in the Samsung Young Achiever’s Award by the Prince’s Trust.

Around two years ago the 25-year-old from Cardiff got a job in the renewals department at Admiral in Cardiff thanks to a Get Into Customer Service course run by the Prince’s Trust.

After around a year in the renewals department he successfully applied for a job as a junior e-learning developer working on courses in Admiral's training department.

‘Admiral gave me a shot and I’ll always be grateful for that’

Ashley said: “I ended up coming out of university with nothing to go to and was looking for work for around 12 months.

“Unless you have experience you can’t find work but how do you get experience if companies are not giving you experience?

“I appreciated that Admiral put that trust in me and took me on board when I didn’t have that experience.

“When other companies turned away Admiral gave me a shot and I’ll always be grateful for that.”

Ashley is now using his skills to combine design and learning.

After becoming a finalist in the Prince’s Trust award scheme he said: “The other finalists and winner had gone through a lot more than me and I just appreciated being in the same category as these people.

“I felt grateful for the nomination really and it was a great honour.”

The Samsung Young Achiever’s Award recognises the success of young people getting into employment, training or education.