Find your greatness with an apprenticeship – Meet Michelle Hutchins

8th March 2018

In our latest “find your greatness with an apprenticeship” series, which celebrates National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018, we hear from Michelle Hutchins, who is a Business Administration Apprentice at Braintree District Council. Michelle has progressed through her Level 2 and 3 apprenticeship, while being an ambassador for apprenticeship programmes at Braintree, and has now secured a position as a Data Matching Officer. 

“In June 2015 I applied to the Braintree District Councils (BDC) Business Administration Apprenticeship programme.  I was attracted to this apprenticeship programme as it would give me the opportunity to develop both my personal and professional skills. Unlike other areas I was considering, this programme allows me to be part of a real work environment and mix with a variety of people across all areas within the council. It provides me with a salary, the motivation to succeed and the challenge to receive a placement at the end of the course.

“Before my apprenticeship I had just completed my A- Levels, whilst working a busy part- time job at Braintree Golf Club. When taking up the apprenticeship I found this route more tailored to my learning and skills. The process was straightforward and I gained lots of support from the council.

“Apprenticeships, in particular this one, is all about the individual. It is about being encouraged to achieve and exceed personal goals, to grow as an individual and become more confident in the workplace. The balance between working and learning is important, as it has given me a real chance to put my own skills into practice as well as getting hands on and practical training. I have been able to develop my working knowledge and understanding in the department of my choice; learning from those around me and using their skills and experience to help me appreciate the wider council picture and services.

“Not only have I learnt the job role, but I have been able to get involved in wider council projects, both as a member of the team, and more recently in charge. I helped manage and put together the first Job Fair that the council has hosted, this was so successful that we have now put on two others and a third is currently being organised.

“Promoting apprenticeships in the Council is really important to get the message out to young people – I have attended local schools, town centers and career events to talk about and promote apprenticeships.

“My advice for taking up an apprenticeship would be to know what type of apprenticeship you want. Considering the large variety of apprenticeships now, it’s important to know what one you want and if you have the qualifications to apply. My apprenticeship has benefited my personal and work development, in so many ways from when I first started. 

“After completing my level 2 apprenticeship my job role changed to give me more of a focus with more responsibility. As I was successful at this, I was then given more responsibility and took on the role of a full Benefits Officer.

“I am just about to complete my level 3 apprenticeship and at the same time I have now successfully secured a job at Braintree Council as a Data Matching Officer – where I will be working with a bigger team and also outside organisations.

“Ultimately I would like to become a Police Officer in the next few years. I think that the skills that I have learnt during my apprenticeship with the Council will help me with this, both in terms of personal development, knowing how to talk to the public, being able to work in a team as well as on my own, organising and managing events, and growing in confidence.” 

Julie Rigby, Revenues & Benefits Manager at Braintree District Council, reflected on Michelle’s apprenticeship: “Michelle has adapted quickly to the busy, performance driven team, and has provided great input and value to our service, in a surprisingly short space of time. She has become an extremely trusted and valued member of the workforce, confident enough to take on various duties, including our recent annual Benefit uprating and Council Tax billing process, which required an extremely high level of attention to detail. Michelle is a breath of fresh air to the business, demonstrating a great work ethic and professionalism into the bargain. I am delighted to have her within the team and look forward to watching her flourish in her career.”


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