Find your greatness with an apprenticeship – Meet Nancy Sword

13th August 2018

In our latest “find your greatness with an apprenticeship” series, we hear from Nancy Sword, who currently works as the Administration and Projects Officer in the Regeneration Department of Tendring District Council.

I joined Tendring District Council in March 2015, starting as an apprentice in the Council run leisure centre doing a Level 2 in Business & Administration.

I applied for this role not knowing much about apprenticeships, as I feel they’re not spoken about enough in schools; all I knew was that I had to get a job quickly as I had decided to drop out of university.

This apprenticeship wasn’t my first paid job, as I had worked for McDonald’s in 2014. Working as an apprentice felt just like a normal job, the only difference was that I had a few hours a week dedicated to coursework.  My apprenticeship was ending in July 2016, so I applied for a more advanced role, which was also a permanent position – Administration and Projects Officer in the Regeneration Department of Tendring District Council.  I was given the chance to carry on my learning by completing my Level 3 in Business & Administration, which of course I decided to do. I’ve now completed my Level 3 and am still happily working in the same role. I’ve been offered to further my training, but I am enjoying time off studying for the time being. I do think it’s amazing how much you’re encouraged to further your skills in local government, and for that reason I would recommend anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship in local government to go for it. Despite staying in the same role, I am so pleased to have a Level 3 qualification on my CV and I feel like I wouldn’t have achieved this if it wasn’t for the apprenticeship, as I would have found it extremely difficult to work and study separately – it’s definitely a benefit to be paid and study at the same time, a great opportunity for young people.

I was unsure on what my future career aspirations would be when I first applied for the apprenticeship, and if I’m honest, after 3 years of working in local government,  I am still unsure what my dream job is, but for now I’m enjoying my current role a lot. Being a projects officer means I support colleagues with different projects and events, so there’s always something different happening which is what I love the most about my job.   

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