Date published: 11th February 2021
There has been so many apprenticeship success stories from the Council and across the district over the years where apprenticeships have really made a difference to both the business and the individual undertaking them.
Here at NNDC, many have gone on to obtain permanent roles and progress in their careers.
Nicola and Maz both started with the Council as Apprentice Benefits Officers and here is what they had to say:
Why you chose to undertake an apprenticeship?
Nicola: "I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to retrain in a new area."
Maz: "After working in pubs/ restaurants and being a Self-employed cleaner for 7 years to work around my 2 children. When they had both started school I wanted to look for full time work with career potential but I had no qualifications. The apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity as I wasn’t in the position to go back to college."
What are the benefits of being an apprentice?
Nicola: "The benefits are that you gain experience and a qualification at the same time, and you get a lot of colleague support. It can also, like with me, go on to a permanent career. I did my apprenticeship 4/5 years ago and I’m now completing a management course."
Maz: "Being able to study while earning a salary and learning on the job."
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about starting an apprenticeship?
Nicola: "It gives you the best of both worlds, so you can approach employers with experience and qualifications. I think employers are more interested in relevant experience now than ever before so it’s a great opportunity that you couldn’t necessarily get within a solely educational route."
Maz: "Definitely go for it! It’s the best decision I ever made and completely changed my life as I now have a diploma in business and administration as well as qualifications in Maths, IT and English as well as a career that I’m proud of."
What are your future aspirations on completing your apprenticeship?
Nicola: "I’m in the middle of completing a management course, I would like to take this further and continue to progress, currently it is nice being part of a team where your input is valued because they’ve seen you grow, but, in time, I would like to expand on my current position."
Maz: "I hope to continue to grow in my role at NNDC and maybe one day work in management. Doing my apprenticeship has given me the confidence to take on learning opportunities and better myself. I hope to be enrolling in an ILM course when the pandemic is over."
And it's not just the individuals that love the benefits of apprenticeships.
Trudi, our Benefits Manager said: “We have always considered employing apprentices to support the service for a number of reasons. Apprentices bring a new dimension to the team, bringing fresh perspective and new ideas. The range of skills apprentices have to offer can make us reflect on how we do things and can lead to making improvements and being more efficient. We have been really successful with apprentices and have seen them become part of the team, acquiring long-term development and opportunity within the council.”
It’s not just the council that utilises the benefits of recruiting Apprenticeships, Kevin Webster, from Oyster Yachts in Hoveton, sees Apprenticeships as an important part of his businesses' future. He plans to use apprenticeships to maintain the skilled workforce needed to grow the business describing them as "integral" to the development of the company.
Mundesley Medical Practice has been offering apprenticeships for the last 12 years and many have progressed to become permanent members of the team.
Linda Marquis, the managing partner for the practice explained: “The whole team enjoys passing on their skills and knowledge and watching people develop both professionally and personally. You get what you put in”.
To see the full story of the above examples and more you can find them on Home | Apprenticeship information for Employers (north-norfolk.gov.uk)
Last updated: 11th February 2021