Encouraging young people to consider an apprenticeship

07 March 2016

March 7-11 is National Careers Week and March 14-18 is National Apprenticeship Week. To celebrate, we are showcasing below some of the benefits of being an apprentice, and of working for Hertfordshire County Council.

Recently named in the Top 100 list of employers of apprentices in the UK, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) offers apprenticeships in business administration, finance, engineering, IT and the award-winning national 'skills for care' programme, and has employed more than 150 apprentices since 2012.

HCC Apprentices

Some of the 150 apprentices employed by HCC since 2012

Designed for school, college leavers or career changers, HCC apprenticeships provide an opportunity to secure a permanent role within the council, while receiving on-the-job training alongside gaining a qualification.

David A Cook

David A. Cook, now a senior registration officer

David A Cook, from Welwyn Garden City, started out as an apprentice almost three years ago and is now a senior registration officer. He commends the scheme for helping him improve his interpersonal skills and overall confidence and gives the following advice for those thinking of applying:

“Give it your best shot as you never know what career opportunities it may lead to. I didn’t know that I would be interested in the registration service, but things have turned out really well, so make sure that you make the most of the experience and opportunities that you are given as an apprentice. Most importantly, make sure you have fun and embrace your apprenticeship with an optimistic mind-set.”

Former Hertfordshire County Council apprentice Holly De Boise from Harlow now co-ordinates the corporate apprenticeship schemes and was highly commended within the ‘Apprentice Champion of the Year’ category for the Eastern region. She said: “It allowed me to move up to the next level, and gave me the confidence to start a career in HR, going on to do further education. I now have a degree without having had to go to university, and I don’t have any student debt. This wouldn’t have been possible without completing my apprenticeship.”

Business administration apprentice Lucy Kerr from Broxbourne, who works in HCC’s complaints team, talks about why Hertfordshire County Council was her first choice as an apprentice employee: “The council has a very good reputation in treating staff fairly and equally and they have so many areas that you can get involved in as an apprentice. This provides many opportunities for career development once the apprenticeship finishes.”

Finance apprentice Josh Baker from Stevenage, who works in education and schools finance, said: “The council offers a competitive salary and unlike the London finance apprenticeships, you do not have to worry about expensive commuting costs.”

Youth Connexions is marking National Careers Week with its annual conference for Information, Advice and Guidance professionals on 9th March.

During National Apprenticeship Week, Youth Connexions will be running events across the county, and HCC’s apprentices will be doing a ‘Twitter Takeover’ – look out for them @hertscc #NAW2016

Find out more about Apprenticeships and other career options here.

Search for an Apprenticeship and other vacancies here.

Business administration apprenticeship vacancies with HCC will go live in June this year, but you can fill in an expression of interest now for any of our apprenticeships and find out more at: http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships