Charlotte, Health and Safety
What is your role?
I am the Health and Safety Apprentice, working in the Health and Safety team.
When did you start here?
In September 2019 and due to complete early 2021.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I knew I didn’t want to go to university or college after A levels but that I wanted to start working and get a job. An apprenticeship allows me to earn and learn at the same time and on completion of my apprenticeship, I will have a recognised qualification that will lead onto so many other routes in my career.
Did you come with GCSEs or A levels?
At school and sixth form I achieved ten GCSEs and three A levels.
Did you have a clear idea of what you wanted to do?
During A levels, I kept changing my mind on what I wanted to pursue further. I never had a set career choice like some others do. I didn’t want to go on to do something that would limit my choices for the future. Health and safety has such a broad range of work; it includes more than most people think!
Why did you decide to work here?
I decided on West Suffolk as it is a large organisation and has opportunities that other places wouldn’t have. I wanted to work with lots of people, both other colleagues and the community and the council is perfect for this.
What did you know about the council before you joined and what have you learnt about it so far?
I knew that the council kept everywhere running and developing from housing to bin collections to planning applications. However, I have found out that every service works together and help with other things that aren’t always directly your job.
What apprenticeship are you undertaking, and do you have future plans?
I am completing the IOSH Level 3 Safety, Health and Environment Technician apprenticeship. I really want to stay on in this field in the future.
What do you enjoy about working here?
The people at West Suffolk are friendly, particularly the other apprentices as we all support each other.
Apart from your apprenticeship, have you had other opportunities to learn and develop, job-shadow or to be involved in different projects?
As an apprentice I’ve been involved in apprenticeship week and going to schools to talk about my experience going straight into work. I was also redeployed into the Families and Communities team helping West Suffolk people during the pandemic.
What advice would you give to future applicants?
If you don’t know what you want to do, consider all the opportunities out there and never give up.