Apprentices Blaze A Trail

Published Monday 4 March 2019

Harborough District Council's ace apprentices are blazing a trail - and there's more to follow.

hayley Mchugo apprentice

This week is National Apprenticeships Week and National Careers Week. Harborough District Council is marking both by celebrating our fantastic apprentices. The Council not only takes on apprentices in a variety of roles, but encourages current employees to pursue apprenticeship qualifications, too. You can find out more about each of them on this page, throughout the week. Today's apprentice is Hayley McHugo.

Hayley has just started her apprenticeship journey, after joining the Council's Economic Development team in 2018. Hayley has taken the opportunity to gain her apprenticeship qualification alongside her varied day-to-day work. Let's hear how she is BLAZE-ing her trail as an apprentice:


Since been following my apprenticeship I have gained important skills, been motivated to join more training and workshops provided by Harborough District Council as well as external sources.


It’s so important to keep learning and gain as many skills and as much knowledge as you can, not only because this will help you in your role but also because it’s a huge motivator and encourages you to keep doing (and learning) more!


While I am gaining experience through my full time role, I am also gaining a qualification. By building both of these important elements up it means I have the opportunity to progress to the next stage in my career.


Already being a full time employee of Harborough District Council, I was vey grateful to be given the opportunity to gain a qualification while working. All the work I complete as part of my apprenticeship ties in with my role as Economic Development Assistant, meaning my learning is relevant and applicable to the real life situations I deal with on a day to day basis. I get to learn and earn, it’s a win-win situation!


Through my apprenticeship I get to look at several different areas of work across not only the district council, but how departments work at county and national levels. When working with my team this gives me a broader insight into what we need to take in to account, what other teams do and therefore what we can do to improve.

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