At HUC, we are dedicated to creating a great place to work with plenty of opportunities for personal development. That is why we encourage our colleagues to enroll for apprenticeships to hone their skills in their area of work and to give them the confidence they need for that next step in their careers. And there’s a real mix available for everyone: Currently, a number of colleagues are doing an apprenticeship including members of the HR, Business Intelligence, Finance and Marketing & Communications teams, Operational Managers, Team Leaders, NHS 111 Call Handlers and Administrators

It’s National Apprenticeship Week this week from 7-13 February and some of our own wonderful apprentices would like to share their experiences of pursuing it through HUC.

Sophia Woollams

Sophia WoollamsSophia, a Medicines Management Administrator, is completing a Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations and is very pleased how the coursework has not only helped her but also the wider team. “This course has taught me to look for opportunities, plan ahead and find innovative ways that can benefit the organisation,” she says. “It has given me an improved understanding of external factors that could impact our services and I have also gained insight on the importance of social value and of the ecological issues that organisations face,” she adds. “I now consider all of this when making decisions and carrying out my duties,” she states proudly.

Sophia would recommend this course to anyone whose is involved in procurement as it has helped her see things from different perspectives and how she can contribute to help the wider organisation. “It’s really convenient as the course is part time and the exams can be taken remotely at home. It’s been easy to fit in around work and family commitments. The trainers are insightful and have a vast amount of experience. They are also very consistent and offer a lot of one-to-one support,” she says.

Sarah Mathias

Sarah MathiasSarah, a Finance Business Partner, who is completing her apprenticeship with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), appreciates the opportunity of learning something new, and striking a balance between working, studying, and family life.

“I have acquired new skills and enhanced my expertise in this field,” she says, adding, “It has also taught me fundamental ethical and professional skills, that enable me to apply and improve my skill sets. This adds to what I can bring to the table, both for the company and to my team. Furthermore, I get practical experience at the same time while studying for this course.”

Would she recommend an apprenticeship to other colleagues at HUC? “Absolutely,” she says. “It provides employees with additional expertise in their area. It’s also a great feeling knowing that the company cares enough for its employees to help them to grow by giving them that opportunity to study while working.”

Neha Patel

Neha PatelNeha, a Marketing and Communications Assistant, is pursuing a Level 4 Marketing Executive apprenticeship which covers several aspects of marketing — from market research and types of data through to digital management and analysis. “Marketing is a relatively new field to me, so this apprenticeship helps me with my day-to-day role,” she says. “Some of the concepts and information that I learn not only enhance my understanding of the role of the Marketing team at HUC, but it also gives me the opportunity to reach out to other departments and understand the role they play within HUC,” she adds.

She would certainly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone at HUC who is willing to learn more about the area they work in. “If you can see yourself establishing a career within the field you’re working in, this apprenticeship is very useful as it allows you to learn the theories and also experience applying them in real time,” she says.

Samantha Baker

Samantha BakerAlongside her NHS 111 Call Handler job, Samantha is pursuing the Emergency Call Handling Level 3 apprenticeship, which she highly recommends to others across the organisation looking to develop their skills.

“I like learning new things, and that’s exactly what I’m doing with this apprenticeship. It has honed my key skills and helped me in my day-to-day work. HUC have been supportive and it’s great to have a specialisation in something you’re doing every day,” she says.