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Kirsty Sheehan - Learning & Organisational Development Partner

Written by: Kirsty Sheehan
Published on: 30 May 2024

Kirsty Sheehan - Learning & Organisational Development Partner at Herefordshire Council

We’ve spoken to people from across the region who are currently completing, or who have completed, an apprenticeship so you can find out more about the opportunities available.

Kirsty is a Learning & Organisational Development Partner at Herefordshire Council. Kirsty has completed several apprenticeships throughout her career which has led her to the opportunity at Herefordshire Council! Kirsty has completed a Level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, and Level 3 in Management. 

Read on to find out more about why they chose the apprenticeship route, what they enjoyed the most and more importantly, how it can help you in your career. 

Why did you choose the apprenticeship route?

On leaving school I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do for a career and I always struggled with classroom learning, particularly exams! I debated going to college or whether to do the apprenticeship route, and decided on an apprenticeship, because I really liked the idea of gaining practical experience whilst completing a qualification and learning on the job. I felt this was also better for my learning style and I would enjoy it so much more. 

What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

I really enjoyed the mix between completing the theory and gaining practical experience. In my apprenticeship role I got to rotate around different teams which also enabled me to find out what I enjoyed most. This is where I found my way into my first people role and knew that I wanted to carve out a career which had a people focus. 

How has your apprenticeship helped you in your career?

I don't believe I would be where I am now if I hadn't done the apprenticeships. I have recently landed my dream job in the Organisational Development Team at Herefordshire Council, where part of my portfolio of work is looking after apprenticeships. I feel very lucky to be able to support others on their apprenticeship journey. 

I completed my business administration apprenticeships at the start of my career, but was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to complete a management apprenticeship as I wanted to further progress, so not only has an apprenticeship helped me at the start of my career, it has helped me grow and progress in my career too.

You can find out more about the roles Herefordshire Council have available, and more information about them as an employer on their hub here!

To hear from more apprentices and view the current apprenticeship opportunities throughout the West Midlands visit our Apprenticeship Hub today! 

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