Alisha's Apprenticeship Experience
Alisha Ashall, 18
Alisha Ashall, 18, from Orrell, has been speaking out about the value of apprenticeships for National Apprenticeship Week.
Alisha, who is an apprentice with the HR Team at Wigan Council, says, ‘I left school at 16 and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next but knew I wanted to get a job rather than go on to further studies. I secured a customer service role with a small business but after a while I started to think about my own self development and what I was going to be able to move onto next.’
‘When I saw the opportunity to work for Wigan Council as an apprentice, I knew it was for me. It’s such a big organisation with many opportunities and I could see a clear progression route within the HR Team. It was without a doubt the right decision for me.’
Although Alisha hadn’t originally wanted to go on to further education, the apprenticeship has given her the opportunity to gain new qualifications but within a working environment. She is currently working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration with Wigan and Leigh College and has also completed the bronze level of the digital skills programme, iDEA.
She says, ‘It works for me because with an apprenticeship there’s no need to go into college but I’m given time in my working week to spend on my NVQ work and a tutor visits every few weeks to check how I’m getting on. One of the best things about doing an apprenticeship is the level of support you get, both from the college and employer. I have a mentor in the HR team who offers help and guidance so I can reach my ultimate goal and secure a permanent role within the council’
Alisha, who has worked for Wigan Council since May 2017, feels that the apprenticeship has helped her personally as well as professionally.
‘I’ve definitely changed as a person since coming here. The responsibility combined with the support I’ve been given, means that my confidence has grown and I’ve matured as an individual. I’d fully recommend an apprenticeship within Wigan Council to anyone.’
Find more information about apprenticeships with Wigan Council (external link) or visit Greater Jobs (external link) for the latest apprenticeship opportunities.
Posted on Monday 12th March 2018