Find your greatness with an apprenticeship – Meet Jobe Arnold

9th March 2018

In our latest “find your greatness with an apprenticeship” series, which celebrates National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018, we hear from Jobe Arnold who joined the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in 2016 as a Finance Apprentice, studying his AAT Level 2 qualifications at City College Norwich. 

Jobe is really enjoying his time as an apprentice and is really doing well in his studies, gaining a distinction in his level 2 AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting.  He is now working on attaining his Level 3 qualification.  Working for a council means that he can learn and make a contribution to a large team - he says “there is always a lot to learn and I enjoy learning”.

When asked why he had applied for an apprenticeship he stated, “It is a good way to get into somewhere and start a career.”


The benefits of working as an apprentice are important to Jobe as he explained, “If I prove my worth then I may get a future position and even if I don’t get a permanent job, I will have gained so much experience whilst not having the student debt which I would have had if I had gone to university”.  On reflection, Jobe stated “I wish I would have done this earlier and not gone to college straight after school”.

Jobe’s advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship in local government is to “just go for it” and that “he wouldn’t hesitate applying for an apprenticeship working for a local authority”.  He is positive about the future and wants to carry on working through his qualifications and hopefully gain a permanent role with the council.

Lorraine Gore, Executive Director Finance Services, at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk explained that she viewed an apprenticeship as of joint benefit for both the employer and the young person. “Jobe has learnt valuable work skills and will gain solid qualifications.  It benefits an employer for someone to apply their learning whilst carrying out their role.  Jobe is a valuable member of the team and is benefiting from working with a whole range of people”.


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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