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National Apprenticeship Week 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (NAW2019) is running from the 4-8 March and is an annual celebration of apprenticeships, bringing the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the wider economy.

See below stories of Wyre Council's employees who began their career as an apprentice. Find out how their apprenticeship was the beginning of their career path, taking them to where they are now.

Marianne's story

I joined Lancashire County Council (LCC) as a modern apprentice in September 1993. I had started to study A-Levels at Runshaw College but it just wasn’t for me so I was very pleased to be offered the opportunity with LCC. The apprenticeship was a two year contract and it gave me the opportunity Marianne Service Directorto experience different departments within the council whilst studying one day a week for a GNVQ Advanced in Business. During my apprenticeship I worked in different areas including the Office of the Chief Executive, Education and Social Services and this experience led me to achieve a permanent post before the end of the two year contract. LCC supported my desire to continue with personal development and I went on for a further two years to study for a HNC in Business.  

My desire to progress within Local Government was always supported and I found that there were lots of opportunities for me. I particularly enjoyed being in corporate departments as I liked strategic working. I worked hard and applied for opportunities and this helped me to progress with my career. I went to work for Blackburn with Darwen Council when it became a Unitary Authority in April 1998 and started as a Business Support assistant and ended up as a Senior Policy and Performance Advisor. I then joined Preston Council in May 2004 as Head of Policy and Performance. In August 2011, I joined my current employer, Wyre Council as Head of Transformation.

I have been blessed to have had some excellent role models in my career and to have worked with some fantastic teams and individuals. I have also been supported in my desire to progress and for personal development opportunities. The modern apprentice route definitely gave me the best start as I was never really sure what I wanted to do for a career but it helped to open up doors and here I am 25 years later as a Service Director!

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