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Apprentice Champion: Anna Barson
Role: Senior Organisational Development Officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Apprenticeship: Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner
What’s your background?
I’ve worked for the Council for over 15 years. I began as a Conference and Events Officer before moving to the OD team.
I’m responsible for managing our own apprenticeship scheme, and now that I’m in a strategic role I am keen to explore wider HR, OD and Learning & Development topics.
I knew that to progress it will be extremely beneficial to earn accreditation and a qualification demonstrating my knowledge and skills. I’m also keen to learn as the last time I ‘studied’ was 2012 when I undertook Level 4 IAG.
How did you come to do an apprenticeship?
I had an advantage as my job involves researching and preparing for the Apprenticeship Reforms. I spotted the Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner qualification when it was in its development stage and kept my eyes peeled for when it was ready for delivery.
BePro were identified as a provider who could deliver in our area and after a successful procurement exercise, BePro were selected to deliver the qualification to 5 members of our staff (to date!)
How has your employer benefited?
The apprenticeship levy offers employees an excellent chance to undertake further study – this particular qualification helps benefit the wider OD team as well as me personally so I had support from managers too.
As I work with managers across our Council and schools to identify apprenticeship opportunities, this gave me the chance to ‘put my money where my mouth is’! I get to see both sides now and can share my experiences with staff considering this route.
Were there any challenges you had to overcome?
I had to manage expectations and work commitments with the 20% off the job requirement. I am part of a small team so I’m always conscious of the impact on them.
Was there anything about the apprenticeship that was unexpected?
Nothing as yet… having worked with apprentices for so long, I knew what I was letting myself in for!
How easy is it to balance work, study and life?
It helps to be organised. I try to block time out in my diary to dedicate time to this qualification and log anything ‘new’ on my 20% off the job learning log. I hope this helps me manage the work/study as my ‘life’ part is consumed with planning my wedding 🙂
What does your career hold once you complete the apprenticeship?
I hope on completion that I can stay in this senior and strategic role with recognition for the qualification I have completed. This won’t necessarily be in monetary terms but in terms of future tasks delegated to me and the role I have in the Council. Who knows, there may be new job opportunities open to me too!
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of doing an apprenticeship?
Go for it! I would ensure you have the backing and support of your manager and colleagues, and someone to be a mentor, as this support is invaluable. The apprenticeship levy is there to be maximised.
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