Is an apprenticeship worth it?

Written by: Lucy Hall
Published on: 7 Feb 2023

Lucy Hall - Resourcing Service Advisor at West Midlands Employers 

Deciding whether an apprenticeship was the right route for me was not an easy decision by any means...

I’m Lucy and I’ve been in the Public Sector for over 6 years. I finished school and had no idea what I wanted to do. Like many people, I was persuaded to continue with the more ‘traditional’ route and on reflection after my first year, that probably wasn’t right for me. I hadn’t got the grades I was expecting, so I thought long and hard about whether to retake the year, continue my A Levels anyway, or choose a completely different route – like an apprenticeship!

I wasn’t a confident teenager, and I never liked stepping out of my comfort zone. I decided to not go back to Sixth Form and browsed alternative options to the traditional route. Through conversations with other people, I’d heard about the security and opportunities available within Local Government, and I stumbled upon WMJobs – and that’s where I found my apprenticeship. I made the leap, and I’m so glad I did.

My career started at Wychavon District Council, completing a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship. During the 12 months I was with Wychavon I learnt how a Council operates, the structure of Local Government and the areas of HR. I supported on day to day recruitment, administration tasks such as filing, printing and organising (my favourite thing to do). I got involved in a variety of areas like job evaluation, employee benefits and supporting HR Advisors. My apprenticeship really opened my eyes into the world of Local Government!

My apprenticeship with Wychavon led me to my first full time job at Worcester City Council. Whilst at the Council I had a variety of positions, and I was lucky enough to gain experience in managing a recruitment process, updating policies and procedures, and leading on Events & Marketing for the Guildhall as well as gaining exposure to Learning & Development and Democratic and Elections services.

Whilst leading on the recruitment for the Council I had exposure to training and support from the team at West Midlands Employers. Through the communication with them I gained an insight into some of the work they do and always knew it was an organisation I wanted to be a part of someday… and here I am! I left Worcester at the end of October last year and joined WME as a Resourcing Service Advisor, and I couldn’t be happier.

An apprenticeship was by far the best decision I ever made; within a year I was set with some of the most important skills for life. My confidence grew, I learnt how to communicate in a more mature way and took responsibility for my actions and even began learning how to manage my finances.

For me, learning whilst working and building relationships across the region was far more important for my self-development than going to university.

If I had one piece of advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship, it would be that university may not be the best route for you and that's okay, even if its the path most taken by people. Not everyone learns best through exams and repetition. However, the option of earning and learning whilst working in a position, is available and could open up a world of opportunity for you!

Lucy's career pathway:

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