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Excellent attitude, aspirations and an apprenticeship made Dave's career change possible

Tuesday 4 February 2020 9.28am

Dave spent five years working his way up to leading a team in a national supermarket chain, but hours being cut and his team being reduced led to him feeling deflated.

He had ambitions of moving into his own place and knew that this could only happen if he guaranteed some security. Restructures continued throughout his team and Dave found himself redundant, which felt like a blessing in disguise and the opportunity to take on a career change he was hoping for.

Weighing up options to enter a new sector was fairly easy. Not particularly enjoying college when leaving school and the thought of not being paid at all left a sour taste in Dave’s mouth – so he started applying for apprenticeships that interested him.

An apprenticeship delivered by Hoople, in the planning department at Herefordshire Council was vacant at the time of his search; soon after applying, he interviewed and had an acceptance to join the team.

Being Hereford born and bred, Dave had a keen interest in the developments within the county and soon found himself settled in with a good understanding of the support process.

He found himself working in a more flexible environment than ever before, with a team he loves; “Working alongside people is refreshing compared to taking the lead like in my previous job. I feel like people take my suggestions on board and I enjoy working as a group to approach things with best practice, it makes me feel part of a team that is valued”.

Dave proudly secured a permanent role with the council shortly after completing his Apprenticeship towards the end of 2019 and couldn’t be happier with how his working journey has panned out.

Planning is something Dave hadn’t put much thought into before the opportunity came up at the right time. Now he has plans to continue a career with a vision of becoming a Case Officer after he has built more experience of the planning process.

Maddy Philips, Hoople's Business Administration Assessor: “Dave had an excellent attitude towards his apprenticeship right from the start. It was an ideal way for him to learn new skills, develop his knowledge, build strong working relationships within a new team and gain a qualification. Dave began by shadowing a previous apprentice before gradually making the role his own and finally securing a permanent position. He always looked for ways to improve workflow and productivity for himself and the team as a whole and constantly secured excellent feedback from his manager and colleagues. Dave showed the same commitment to his qualification and achieved his Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration ahead of his planned end date!

I hope that Dave is very proud of his achievements and I wish him luck in his new career.”

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