Find your greatness with an apprenticeship – Meet Hannah Newby

7th March 2018

In our latest “find your greatness with an apprenticeship” series, which celebrates National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018, we hear from Hannah Newby, who is an Assistant HR Officer at Hertfordshire County Council. Hannah is undertaking her HR Support Apprenticeship, having already completed a Business Administration Apprenticeship with the Council, after completing her A-levels and deciding University did not feel like the right route for her.

“I joined Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) in September 2016 as a Business Administration Apprentice within the Registration Services. I decided to become an apprentice for HCC because I had been through Sixth Form, gained my A Levels and been accepted to my first choice University but something didn’t quite feel right. I have always been a highly motivated individual and I didn’t feel that University would be the right choice for me in the long run. I knew with an apprenticeship I would receive qualifications as well as experience (whilst receiving a salary!). With a mixture of learning and working, it was perfect for me. I wanted to develop and grow as an employee as well as a learner.

“Some of the reasons I choose an Apprenticeship within HCC and Local Government rather than private sector was due to wages advertised in comparison to other apprenticeship vacancies, the pension scheme is really good, we can access great Herts Rewards with money off retail shops, great holiday entitlement and I get the opportunity to work flexibly (at home or from other sites).

“My apprenticeship helped me gain a lot of confidence and experience, being in a professional environment. I gained maturity in terms of organising my time, being trusted to complete my work and I learnt key skills such as communication (written, face to face and over the telephone) and the ability to prioritise my workload. I had never imagined myself in an office but I couldn’t have chosen a better apprenticeship to help me get on track!

“I am now an Assistant HR Officer within the Human Resources Service and I continue to further my development by starting the new HR Support Apprenticeship Standard which specialises in HR.

“I think everyone has this expectation that apprentices are school leavers, 16 – 18 year old and this is certainly not the case. You are never “too old” to continue your learning - everyone should be offered the opportunity to develop themselves regardless of age. The Apprenticeship Levy is even more of a reason for everyone to get involved and to get learning!

“My words of wisdom to anyone looking to join an apprenticeship is to “just go for it!”. It is one of the best decisions I have made and I am in a job that I love with a brilliant team and I am continuing my education at the same time. I did hesitate before joining an apprenticeship as I didn’t want people to think I was ‘just an apprentice’, but I am glad I did because being an apprentice is actually pretty cool. You are treated exactly the same as anyone else, getting paid a good salary and getting a qualification at the end!”
Hannah’s line manager Georgia Peedle, described Hannah as “A vital member of the team who has a great work ethic. Hannah is very conscientious and bubbly but also willing to help others and try her hand at new things. We are delighted that Hannah came to us with the apprenticeship experience within another sector of the organisation as she was able to pick up her new role very quickly with great professionalism”.

Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Alliance (HAA)
The HAA brings together the public organisations in Hertfordshire, working to maximise the opportunities from the apprenticeship levy. The HAA believe that this is a once in a generation opportunity to unlock the skills shortages within the county and beyond. For further information please contact:

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 / 01284 758326

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