Get a qualification while working full time
If you want to get a highly-regarded qualification while still working full time, the council encourages all staff to consider an apprenticeship. The council works with a number of training providers and offers apprenticeships, funded by their Apprenticeship Levy, across a range of disciplines to encourage staff to continue learning and developing in the workplace. Lynsey Taggart, assistant sales and marketing officer in the supplies and procurement team, is doing just that. The level 6 supply chain leadership professional degree apprenticeship, in conjunction with the University of Hull and while she is still working, will give her a highly regarded qualification.
“My apprenticeship is going really well and it’s designed to align with my work-based projects as well as providing me with essential knowledge that I need to progress in my role. I’m keen to progress in my career so my training is ideal to combine workplace learning opportunities with the theoretical knowledge that I’m gaining through my university classes and webinars which are all relevant to my role at the council. Managers are fully supportive and have been with me every step of the way.
“From a personal perspective my confidence has increased and I feel that my communication and presentation skills have all improved significantly. I’ve even had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at this year’s Business Week to talk about my apprenticeship. For anybody thinking about taking an apprenticeship I’d say go for it! Find out as much as you can before applying. Attend open days with your work-based mentor and speak to other students in the council who’ve already taken part.”