National Apprenticeship Week 2018!
National Apprenticeship Week is an exciting opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy.
The theme of this week is ‘Apprenticeships Work’ to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy.
Our West Herts College apprentices are doing some amazing work – and we want to celebrate them! Over the week, we’ll be posting case studies of our apprentices, so keep an eye on our website and social media channels for the latest updates.
West Herts College Apprentices
Heidi Carrington Dunn - Human Resources Support Apprentice with Dacorum Borough Council
"I have always thought about Human Resources as a career and when I heard about the apprenticeship with the HR Team at Dacorum Borough Council I thought it would be the ideal starting point.
I was already working for the Council, in its Central Admin division, so I had some idea of how the organisation functioned but the move into HR on an apprenticeship has really expanded my understanding.
As an HR Trainee I’ve majored in recruitment but I also contributed to the writing of policies and have a supporting role which covers a whole range of essential admin tasks.
Once I complete my apprenticeship I’m planning to take a Level 7 CIPD programme which will see me qualify as a professional HR Advisor.
I graduated from university with a degree in Psychology with Counselling Skills and before joining the Council I volunteered as a Stepping Stones Volunteer for Herts Mind Network, which supports mental health patients in the County. I still volunteer, working with the Buckinghamshire Enrych Charity to help and assist a local person who is using writing to inspire his life after suffering from a stroke."
Human Resource Apprentice Opportunities
Portia Rohm - Social Media and Digital Marketing apprentice at the Buzzing Media Group
“I’m currently a Social Media and Digital Marketing apprentice at the Buzzing Media Group. My job started off being all about social media, promoting the groups three businesses: The Hertfordshire Business Independent, Business Buzz and The Hertfordshire Business Expo. Within a month I had a lot more responsibility, from scheduling and creating social media posts, to helping plan the upcoming Hertfordshire Business Expo, and taking responsibility for external business social media channels.
My filming duties saw me recording a launch in Mayfair, in central London, where I got to meet and learn from a BBC journalist and even do a short video with the TV adventurer Bear Grylls.
From the start I was not only learning how to run a business but also mixing with the local business community, gaining insight from other business owners and learning how to network. Throughout I’ve felt truly honoured to be a part of the company.
In 2016 I was nominated for the Young Employee of the Year award at the St Albans Business and Community Awards, and was picked as one of the finalists – this was a huge achievement for me.
I also had the opportunity to create websites for the Buzzing Media Group, the St Albans Pancake Festival and the Harpenden Hopper. I was attending more of our Business Buzz sessions and hosted our Watford event.
Working on new projects for the company included designing a 300-page magazine for ‘The Billionaires Magazine’ and helping to launch Business Buzz events outside Hertfordshire. Not forgetting company literature and business cards.
It’s been a thrilling experience every step of the way, with this apprenticeship journey greatly improving not only my skills but my confidence. I look forward to continuing to grow and expand my knowledge with Business Buzz.”
Ben Morgan - Finance and Administration Apprentice for Watford Chamber of Commerce
“Ben Morgan joined us at the start of 2018 as a Finance and Administration Apprentice. He's shown his worth right away, tackling everything with great commitment and becoming a valued member of our team.
Away from the office Ben found time to represent the Chamber in the London Big Half Marathon, running in aid of Watford Mencap. It's not too late to sponsor Ben, just search for his name at make-a-donation.org.”
Lee Walsingham, Chief Executive
Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce
Thinking about an Apprenticeship?
Talk to our Apprenticeship team by calling 01923 275700 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the video below for Emerode's story, a West Herts College Apprentice!