Find your greatness with an apprenticeship – Meet Tim Gliddon

7th June 2018

In our latest “find your greatness with an apprenticeship” series, which celebrates National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018, we hear from Tim Gliddon, who is a Customer Service Advisor at Braintree District Council. Tim joined Braintree straight from school and has completed a Level  2 in Customer Service and is now studying for his Level 3.

“I joined Braintree District Council in September 2011. I applied to be an apprentice at Braintree District Council as I wanted to go straight into a career and gain a perspective of the working life; the idea of remaining in the school system did not appeal to me as I am more of an active learner so an apprenticeship suited my learning methods and appealed greatly to me.

“Being a local government apprentice I have been provided with a gateway of opportunities and been given multiple chances to develop key life skills which have seen me grow in both confidence and knowledge.

“The apprenticeship route holds many benefits, other than the obvious ‘earn whilst you learn’; it is a fantastic way to gain a positive perspective of the real working life. It allows you to develop life skills and a knowledge base to support your working career. You are also provided with training for a lot of uncommon roles.

“My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship role - Do not hold back! Each opportunity can provide an abundance of chances to show who you are as a person. Apprenticeships do not always have the best reputation but every apprentice I know has enjoyed and developed as a person and fundamentally gained skills that you just can’t learn in school.

“Longer term, I am looking to a career within the uniformed services. However, being a local government apprentice is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! You will receive a lot of training in a whole variety of skill sets and gain understanding of the working world.”


Join our Get up and Grow campaign to raise awareness of the importance of apprenticeships to our organisations and economies and to help increase the number and uptake of apprenticeships across the region!

We are committed to helping to support the delivery of apprenticeship training; making sure that the apprenticeship levy money is spent in the most effective way. Working together is the best way to achieve this!


To share your apprenticeship stories get in touch with Emma Moore, Senior HR Advisor at the East of England LGA on emma.moore@eelga.gov.uk / 01284 758326

Find out more about the Get up and Grow campaign at http://www.eelga.gov.uk/employers-services/apprenticeships.aspx

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