Hello, I’m Jemma – and I’ve worked for Stockton Council for approx. 9 years now, over various departments and roles. I am currently a Project and Partnership Officer for Public Health, helping to tackle health inequalities and COVID related work at present. I will have completed my Chartered Managers Institute – Level 3 Team Lead Apprenticeship in March this year, which has been greatly helpful in my development in my past and present role.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I chose to undertake the apprenticeship whilst in my last role as Area Manager for the Building Cleaning Department; it was perfect for the level I was working at and helped me to develop my management skills to ensure I was giving the best level of service to my staff.
What are the benefits of being an apprentice?
I found it beneficial to be able to learn and have a full time job simultaneously; the training sessions were fortnightly which didn’t impact my work. It was beneficial to be able to practice my learning within my role, and on the other side, I could evidence my learning within the role I was doing- perfect!
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?
If you are dedicated to your own development, but also need to be in a full time job, then an apprenticeship is perfect! The stigma of an apprenticeship being for younger people has long gone, and majority of the people on my course were 30+. You are supported throughout your learning by the course tutors, and have regular 1-2-1’s with both tutors and line managers to discuss your progression.
I am looking forward to completing the course this year, and I am currently working on my career plan and looking for my next development opportunity.