Kick start your career with an apprenticeship at Hertfordshire County Council
Published: 03 Feb 2020
If you’re a school leaver or wanting to develop new skills or switch careers, look beyond the traditional routes into work and consider an apprenticeship with Hertfordshire County Council.
During National Apprenticeship Week (3-9 February) we are joining with employers across Hertfordshire to celebrate the positive impact of apprentices in the workplace and to highlight the huge range of opportunities on offer.
We currently have 359 people enrolled on apprenticeships working across a variety of areas, including adult social care, engineering, planning, finance, human resources and our fire and rescue service. We are currently welcoming applications to join our next intake of Business Administration apprentices.
Molly-Mai Cummins is a Business Administration Apprentice in our Waste Management Unit. The 18-year-old support officer from Ware, who is studying for a level 4 NVQ in business administration, says: “I chose an apprenticeship because you earn while you learn. Going to university and getting into debt to get the same job I can as an apprenticeship did not appeal to me. The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to start full-time work and get experience as early as I can.”
It’s never too late to consider an apprenticeship. Mara Hubbard aged 42 is a business administration apprentice with the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership in Letchworth. Mara says: “I previously worked in retail but decided to change career and move into business administration. An apprenticeship was a great option to learn on the job and get a qualification at the same time. My apprenticeship is a varied, interesting role that is keeping me stimulated every single day and I enjoy working with the great team in the office here.”
There are lots of different types of apprenticeships available. Amin Islam from Broxbourne chose town planning as the subject interests him. The 19-year-old says: “If you are considering an apprenticeship, I would advise that you think about what type of work area you might enjoy and like to do. What I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is learning something different every day and doing bits of work for various departments like waste and minerals, transport and the monitoring team. I also enjoy going out on site visits.”
If you enjoy working with people and have a kind and caring personality, then an apprenticeship in adult social care could appeal. Former adult social care apprentice James Dodd secured a role as a residential support worker in Letchworth after completing the Level 1 and 2 social care apprenticeships. The 19-year-old says: “I knew that something like construction wasn’t going to be for me, but I thought it doesn’t take a lot to be kind, anyone can talk to people so I thought I’d give social care a try. It’s been the best, it’s very rewarding and it’s boosted my confidence.”
Apprentices spend up to 20 per cent of their time studying for associated qualifications at local colleges. Our firefighters though are all trained in-house at the Joint Emergency Services Academy (JESA) in Stevenage and complete an apprenticeship as part of this process.
Trainee firefighter, Andre White, 26 says: “Currently we are developing our initial firefighting knowledge and skills so, a typical day is spent learning theory, for example fire science, and completing practical exercises such as ladder drills.”
Ralph Sangster, Executive Member, Resources and Performance for the council, says: “There are lots of employers across Hertfordshire offering apprenticeships, providing people with the opportunity to obtain qualifications, transferable skills, experience and employment.
“Our apprenticeships at the county council are open to people of all ages, whether you are looking to change career, get back into work after a break, have just left school or have little or no experience or qualifications. If you are thinking about an apprenticeship, go ahead and register your interest now – it’s easy.”
To find out more about our apprenticeship programme and to register your interest, visit: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships
You can also explore career and apprenticeship opportunities in Hertfordshire at https://www.hopinto.co.uk/