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National Apprenticeship Week

Uzair - digital change agent

Uzair

Hello,  

My name is Uzair Shaikh, I work for Coventry City Council in Friargate. I am currently undertaking a Level 4 Project Management apprenticeship.  

I first started my career as a Level 2 Business Administration apprentice at RNIB Three Spires School. After successfully obtaining my Level 2 certificate, I then progressed my career further within the Coventry City Council as a Level 3 Business Administration apprentice within the Organisational Development team. As my apprenticeship came to an end, I was fortunately offered a secondment for three months within the legal team working on bundle packages for lawyers.  

Thanks to the apprenticeship team, once my secondment finished, they were able to offer me an interview for a Level 4 Project Support Assistant role, undertaking an APM Project Management qualification.  

As well as managing this role, I’m a digital change agent within the Council, I have been nominated for an Apprentice of the Year Award, and further taken on the role as an apprentice ambassador, which means I get to speak at schools and career fairs about my career development, which is a very big thing for me as I am a shy introvert. 

I manage working on many different projects at the same time in my role. One of the projects I am currently working on is a training programme called Leading an Empowered Organisation (LEO). The training is delivered across three days to managers within Coventry City Council.  

Some of my responsibilities are: 

  • Finding out which managers are eligible and creating spreadsheets detailing which managers are attending each programme 

  • Liaising with managers and stakeholders on a regular basis 

  • Making sure a trainer is booked 

  • Ensuring rooms are booked (including equipment) 

  • Updating employee training profiles 

Highlights of being an apprentice 

The best part of my apprenticeship has honestly got to be the team I work with, they have nurtured and guided me throughout my apprenticeship and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my team. I have come a long way from doing basic admin work, photocopying, printing etc. to implementing a project from start to finish.  

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