Apprenticeships to consider for existing staff
Fri, 03 Jan 2020

Managers and staff are being encouraged to consider learning, training and development opportunities that can be funded through the Apprenticeship (Training) Levy in order to gain a highly regarded qualification.

Lynsey Taggart, assistant sales and marketing officer in the supplies and procurement team, did just that. She is currently undertaking the Level 6 supply chain leadership professional degree apprenticeship, in conjunction with The University of Hull.

“My apprenticeship is going really well and it’s designed to align with my work-based projects, as well as providing me with essential knowledge that I need to progress in my role,” said Lynsey.

“I’m keen to progress in my career so my training is ideal to combine workplace learning opportunities with the theoretical knowledge that I’m gaining through my university classes and webinars, which are all relevant to my role at the council. Managers are fully supportive and have been with me every step of the way.

“From a personal perspective my confidence has increased and I feel that my communication and presentation skills have all improved significantly. I’ve even had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at this year’s Business Week to talk about my apprenticeship.

“For anybody thinking about taking an apprenticeship I’d say go for it! Find out as much as you can before applying. Attend open days with your work-based mentor and speak to other students in the council who’ve already taken part.”

Lynsey’s full interview can be watched below:


Career progression

The Apprenticeship Levy can be used to help staff at all levels to develop their existing skills or learn new ones to support the council’s aim of a modern workforce and a modern workplace.

The council contributes a significant amount of money to the Apprenticeship Levy and, to date, more than 200 staff have started an apprenticeship in subjects ranging from exercise and fitness to health and social care and from civil engineering to chartered surveying and social work.

To find out more and to apply, visit eryc.link/staffapprenticeships

The benefits

  • Earn while you learn with no need for a student loan – the training costs are covered by the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications and gain professional accreditation/ membership
  • Develop your career and build networks with colleagues in other organisations
  • Eligible for an NUS card
  • 20% of your contracted hours in genuine learning

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