How becoming an apprentice helped me onto the career ladder

Published: 12 Oct 2018

A cohort of apprentices at Hertfordshire County Council is celebrating the completion of a year’s training this month, which has set them on their respective career paths.

October sees Callan Boland, Jack McDonough, Sophie Cotterell and Natasha James gain Level 2 or 3 qualifications in subject areas such as Business Administration and Finance, following twelve months of on-the-job learning.

Three of the group will be continuing to work in their respective department, while one has taken the opportunity to start a second apprenticeship within the NHS.

If you’d like to follow in their footsteps, five new apprentices in Business Administration are now sought for a number of services at Hertfordshire County Council. The openings are in Adult Care, Highways, and Transport, Waste and Environmental Management. Three positions are based at County Hall, Hertford, one position is in Hemel Hempstead and one position is at Watford General Hospital.

Callan Boland, 20, Finance Apprentice said: “I started an apprenticeship because I thought I needed to do something that educated me as well as giving me skills in the workplace. At first I was quite anxious, but the team has been very supportive and I really enjoy it here.

“It’s definitely worth doing as it gives a building block to start off your career. I’m just finishing the college course, but already have a permanent role as Assistant Accountancy Officer – a step up in the team.”

Ralph Sangster, Cabinet member for Resources and Performance said: “Hertfordshire County Council’s is committed to supporting people to progress in the workplace. Our Apprenticeship Programmes are available for a variety of people, from those who have limited or no work experience/qualifications in their chosen field, to those wanting a career change or to develop further.

“It is very gratifying to see this group of young people start fulfilling careers. I’m sure the next cohort will be just as enthusiastic and successful.”

For more information on the Business Administration apprenticeships visit Jobs - Apprenticeships