Hannah is a model apprentice
In Hannah Kerrigan’s own words, going down the apprentice route meant she got the best of both worlds.
After sitting her A-levels at St Margaret Ward Catholic College, in Little Chell Lane, Tunstall, Hannah considered going to university to study for a qualification in human resources (HR).
But a family friend who worked at Stoke-on-Trent City Council instead pointed her in the direction of an apprenticeship with the authority.
Now, as well as securing a job at the authority, Hannah has the opportunity to study for a professional HR qualification at Staffordshire University and is also well on her way to completing her NVQ Level 3 in business administration.
Hannah has proved such an asset to the team at the civic centre in Stoke that she has now been nominated in The Sentinel Business Awards in the Apprentice of the Year category sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent College.
The 20-year-old started her apprenticeship in July 2011, and has already completed her NVQ Level 2.
Like all apprentices at the council, Hannah had the opportunity to apply for internal vacancies.
And she impressed managers so much at her interview that she secured a job as an HR adviser.
Hannah believes the experience she gained as an apprentice gave her the edge in the recruitment process.
Hannah, of Norton Heights, said: “Being in the workplace already really boosted my confidence for the job interview.
“I also knew the area I was working in especially as the job was in the same department I joined as an apprentice. I was able to show I had a good understanding of the environment I would be working in.
“After my A-levels I was ready for a challenge and a change. I had an idea I wanted to work in business and now that I am working towards a professional qualification too, I’ve got the best of both worlds.”
Hannah has been put nominated in the awards in recognition of her dedication and commitment.
Her colleagues say they can always rely on her for support and Hannah has bags of enthusiasm and is willing to learn new skills.
A spokesman for the council said: “Hannah’s conscientious approach and the enthusiasm she has demonstrated in learning about our service, have enabled her to progress within the department.
“In June 2012 her efforts were recognised as she was seconded into the role of HR adviser.
“Along with carrying out her daily duties, Hannah always gives 100 per cent to her NVQ course.
“We hope to continue to support Hannah in the future, as she makes a valuable contribution to the team.”