National Apprenticeship Week 2024

Kate Gifford

Tell us a bit about your apprenticeship role 

I’m currently studying for the level 5 apprenticeship in Leadership and Management, accredited by ILM (the Institute for Leaders and Managers). I’m due to complete the course in April 24. 

What made you want to do an apprenticeship?  

I wanted to build on my management skills to help me progress in role and within the Combined Authority. I felt that the apprenticeship was a great opportunity to do this whilst working. 

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?  

I’d encourage them to go for it! Whilst there is a lot of material to work through on the course, if you can get into good habits for setting time aside this makes it much easier! 

What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?  

Meeting a great group of people on the course (both within the Combined Authority and externally) and having the opportunity to be taught by some great tutors. 

How do you manage your work-life balance with completing an apprenticeship?  

I think this is definitely more challenging if you have a part time role – but if you can get into good habits of setting time aside then it starts to become part of your routine. There is a great quote – ‘first we form habits, then they form us. If you make the decision to go for it, you can find ways to make it work. 


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