Eleanor, Economic Development

What is your role?Ellie Mitson Photo

My role is Events Apprentice in the Economic Development team.

When did you start here?

I began working in September 2019 and I am due to finish my apprenticeship in September 2021.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

After GCSE’s I went straight to college to complete a diploma in photography, and from there I completed a year at university in Editorial photography, it quickly became clear to me that I no longer wanted to pursue a career in this and got along much better with the marketing and events organisation. After making the difficult decision to leave, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, after a few months I was notified about this apprenticeship opportunity, it looked like such a brilliant option and luckily, I was offered the position.

Did you come with GCSEs or A levels?

I began this apprenticeship with nine GCSEs and an UAL extended diploma in photography.

What apprenticeship are you undertaking, and do you have future plans?

I am currently completing an events apprenticeship, this covers everything from organisation, social media and marketing your event, once completed I would like to go on to complete a higher-level apprenticeship in marketing and something to do with tourism. I would love to complete this higher level and stay on at West Suffolk, in the team I am working in currently, however if this opportunity doesn’t come up, I will certainly carry on in marketing elsewhere.

What do you enjoy about working here?

One of the best things about working at West Suffolk is the team I get to work with, they all are so driven to produce the best for the residents and businesses within the district and will put every bit of effort to achieve what they want. They also give huge amounts of support and help to me when needed and provide me with great opportunities to better myself. Another highlight is the interaction I have had with people externally. Working with the Christmas Fayre and the markets you get to talk to so many different people and engage with them.

Apart from your apprenticeship, have you had other opportunities to learn and develop, job-shadow or to be involved in different projects?

The main opportunity for me has been the Christmas Fayre, it was incredible being able to liaise with stall holders and the entertainers. It really brought to light what it takes to hold an event as big as this, but I surprised myself with the organisation and problem-solving skills, when a problem came to light, I was able to resolve it quickly, this was all thanks to advice I had been given from my team. I was very lucky to be given big responsibilities and have a lot of trust put in me throughout the duration of the Fayre, it really helped me gain a lot of confidence in a role I have never played before. I was also able to put forward many ideas for the next Christmas Fayre, we were hoping to put these into action for the 2020 fayre. As well as this, I have also been given opportunities to shadow people in different teams and get to know their job role and how it fits in with what I do. Before COVID-19 I was going to be shadowing a number of staff members at The Apex in the lead up to the Christmas fayre, although this unfortunately didn’t happen, I am hoping to eventually get that opportunity again.

What advice would you give to future applicants?

I would say don’t feel overwhelmed by the idea of working for a local council, there are a number of people in and around your team who will help you with anything and no question is a stupid question, if you don’t know something always ask.