Find your greatness with an apprenticeship – Meet Sally Riley and Heidi Carrington-Dunn

7th June 2018

In our latest “find your greatness with an apprenticeship” series, we hear from Sally Riley and Heidi Carrington-Dunn, at Dacorum Borough Council, talking about their experiences of commencing an apprenticeship as an existing employee.

Dacorum Borough Council used National Apprenticeship Week 2018 as a springboard to promote internal upskilling of their existing workforce, following some recent success stories, which have been shared below. Apprenticeships are open to new and existing staff of any age, including those who already have a degree.

Sally Riley, Trainee Accountant, Level 7 CIPFA Professional Apprenticeship
“I have been with Dacorum Borough Council since October 2004. I joined the Finance team in 2013 and was promoted to Trainee Accountant in February 2017. I completed my AAT studies in December and signed up to the Level 7 CIPFA Apprenticeship to continue with my studies.

“The apprenticeship gives me extra support from a dedicated CIPFA mentor. I also get 20% of my working week as “off the job training”, which means I get day release to study and on the weeks that I am not at college I have a study day instead. With working full-time and having a family, finding time to study can be difficult, but the “off the job training” enables me to study regularly.”

“If you are given the opportunity, then I would highly recommend taking it.  The extra support you will receive for your studies is invaluable. The CIPFA qualification that I will attain is a credible and highly regarded qualification in the sector, so it will allow me to progress my career in the future.”

Heidi Carrington-Dunn, HR Apprentice
“I was already working for the council in Central Admin and the opportunity came up to become a HR Trainee under the apprenticeship levy. I have always thought about pursuing a career in HR and found this would be the perfect start to work within the council and perform a variety of tasks, supporting the team and organisation. It is a start to a good career path; I’m one step closer to becoming qualified.”

“My role provides an overall insight into the running of the council from a HR and OD perspective, understanding recruitment and transactional work that is involved in the role. My main role within the team is recruitment; however I am not limited to this. I have also worked on writing several policies and supporting the team with any other admin tasks required.”

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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