National Apprenticeship Week: Meet Caitlin

Photo of apprentice Caitlin holding a small dog

Published Friday, 31 January 2020

This week is National Apprenticeship Week (3 - 7 February 2020).

Did you know that the council employ apprentices? Always check out our Job vacancies pages or if your son or daughter is still at school, check with the Human Resources team about opportunities here.

On an apprenticeship, you're employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level. Earning whilst learning!

Meet Caitlin, 21, from Stoney Stanton, our Apprentice Animal Control & Licensing Officer. “I completed my GCSE’s and A-levels and was considering going to university.  After finishing school I initially worked in a restaurant full-time and I enjoyed having my own money and I decided that I didn’t want to take on the debt of university and decided to look for a job. I have always wanted to work with animals and when I saw this opportunity I decided to go for it. I am now in the final year of my apprenticeship, working towards my Level 3 Diploma in Animal Welfare and I go to Brooksby Melton College one day a week. The job is very varied I am often out and about in the borough and can be investigating barking dog complaints, installing noise monitoring equipment; picking up strays; visiting breeders and kennels and then back in the office.  I work within a busy team, so my knowledge base is always widening. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship, I have learnt a lot, gained a qualification and have a lot to put on my CV.”

View our current job opportunities: jobs and working for us

Proud to support #FireItUp – inspiring the nation to blaze their own trail with apprenticeships. More about apprenticeships (apprenticeships.gov.uk)