Interviews: meet our apprentices

OurDay-apprentices

Apprenticeships are important for too many reasons to mention and here at WDC we really do value the contribution of our apprentices as key members of teams across our organisation. 

For a while now we've worked with SEAC Apprenticeship Management (one of the top providers) to employ apprentices through the Government Apprenticeships Scheme, allowing them to obtain on-the-job training, study for a nationally recognised qualification and earn money while they learn.

But what is it really like to undertake an apprenticeship at Wycombe District Council? We caught up with two of our apprentices to find out...

Olivia, Legal Services

What is your job title or role at Wycombe District Council?

I am the apprentice in the legal department and am currently completing a Level 3 Business Administration qualification. I assist fee earners in the planning, litigation, contract and property sections within Legal Services.

How did you get involved with WDC as an apprentice?

I had completed my first year of studying A-levels at Henley College but then decided that the style of education wasn’t suited to me, so I looked into completing an apprenticeship. I was hesitant at first as lots of the apprenticeships I found online were for much smaller businesses where I felt career development opportunities may not be likely. I soon came into contact with a welcoming lady at SEAC (South East Apprenticeship Company) who reviewed my CV and recommended my current apprenticeship based on what she knew of me. It immediately stood out to me as legal services has always been an area of great interest and I had heard from others that the Council are strong believers in personal development and career progression, which ultimately was what I was seeking from completing an apprenticeship.

In what ways do you find your work rewarding?

I’ve found that doing an apprenticeship has prepared me well for my next career steps. I have gained an advantage over other people my age as I have already experienced 15 months within a working environment. On top of this, I will have also achieved a recognised qualification that can be applied in a range of career fields.

 "I am coming out of my apprenticeship not only with my qualification but also with knowledge and a range of skills that will be valuable on my CV"

Do you feel you’ve gained skills you may not have gained elsewhere?

Yes, Wycombe District Council have hugely encouraged my personal development and as a result the progression I have made over the last 15 months can be recognised by all. The most noticeable skill I will have taken away from this apprenticeship is confidence. Due to the many opportunities the Council have given me I have developed this area greatly. More specifically, I have developed my confidence in ‘alien situations’ and in communicating with people both internal and external - both areas I am sure to bump into along any career steps in the future.

What do you love most about working for the council?

Wycombe District Council have been inviting from the start. I have received constant support in a variety of forms - having a line manager, ‘buddy’ and mentor has meant that I always have a friendly face to rely on should I require any additional support. Over the last 15 months it has been clear that the Council are committed to encouraging training, which I am especially grateful for as I am coming out of my apprenticeship not only with my qualification but also with knowledge and a range of skills that will be valuable on my CV.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Every day brings about a range of challenges and new opportunities, which is exciting in its individual way. Wycombe District Council don’t just help you with the learning side of your apprenticeship but also assist in the development of yourself, always preparing you for the next steps in your career, however you choose to do it.

 

SM, PA Team

What is your job title or role at Wycombe District Council?

I am a PA Apprentice. I work with WDC's PA Team and I am studying for a Level 2 Business Administration qualification.

How did you get involved with WDC as an apprentice?

I saw the apprenticeship advertised on the Council website and decided to apply. I thought that working for the local council would be interesting and I was intrigued to learn how local government works in this country.

"Working for the Council is rewarding because not only am I making progress towards my personal development and career, but I am also helping give back to the local community that I have adopted as my home..."

In what ways do you find your work rewarding?

Working for Wycombe District Council is rewarding because not only am I making progress towards my personal development and career, but I am also helping give back to the local community that I have adopted as my home (I am not British).

Do you feel you’ve gained skills you may not have gained elsewhere?

Yes. Working here means working in an environment which has a large number of employees, all with different backgrounds and personalities. This is helping me to develop my communication skills and deal with all types of people.

What do you love most about working for the council?

I love working for WDC because everybody is very kind and makes me feel welcome. I also like the fact that every person I work with has a positive attitude and is always available to help if there is a problem. I have a line manager as main support with my training and I also have a mentor, who provides any additional support to develop my skills but is also available if I have any issues.

 

If you'd like to find out about SEAC and search for council apprenticeships, read more over on their website (external site).