National Apprenticeship week -Barry's story

Published Wednesday, 10 February 2021

As part of National Apprenticeship week, we are showcasing the impact that apprenticeships have had on our colleagues and how they benefit the council.

A Business Systems Development Officer tells us how undertaking apprenticeships has helped him on his career path:

“I originally decided to do a Business Analyst (BA) apprenticeship as I had been exploring that role for a couple of years at that point. I saw the apprenticeship as an excellent way to gain accreditation and experience of completing Business Analysis work.

The BA apprenticeship has been enormously rewarding for me, not just in terms of the knowledge and experience, but also in terms of developing my soft skills and confidence. The knowledge and transferable skills have wide ranging applications both within projects and in more ‘business as usual’ settings: wherever there are problems that need to be solved.

A tremendous selling point for the BA apprenticeship for me was that, alongside the apprenticeship qualification, the programme included several additional qualifications. This included a bundle of courses accredited by the BCS (a Royal Chartered institute), culminating in the International Diploma in Business Analysis. That the Council was willing to invest so much in me gives me a tremendous feeling of gratitude and I feel it is only right that I attempt to pay this back through using my skills and knowledge to help improve the services we deliver. The training provider was amazing, with the range of trainers drawing on an enormous amount of experience within the sessions.

During the later stages of the apprenticeship, I secured a promotion within the Council. This was largely due to the attitude, skills and knowledge I had gained through the apprenticeship, which I am now putting into practice on several projects.

I am also extremely thankful for the support my manager and colleagues (past and present) provided me. It was no small feat for them to juggle my apprenticeship requirements whilst also delivering services to the same level, but we struck a good balance by always remaining flexible and communicating clearly and effectively. I will always be grateful to them for the help they gave me throughout this journey.

I finished my apprenticeship in Business Analysis in December 2020 and then signed up to undertake the Associate Project Management (APM) apprenticeship because I feel the skills/knowledge sets of both roles complement each other and that I will become a more rounded project professional.

When the time is right for me to move on to the next stage of my career, the knowledge and skills I have developed throughout my apprenticeships will prove invaluable and open many possibilities up for me.”

Look out for further events and communications for National Apprenticeship Week on Social Media under the hashtags: #NAW2021 #BuildTheFuture

Find out more about apprenticeships by visiting our apprenticeship web pages.


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