Lizzie Roe (West Berkshire Council) IT Professional Competence

Lizzie Roe has managed to build herself a promising career through Apprenticeships. She has achieved both her Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications and is working towards yet more. By working with a number of employers in different positions, she has built up a wide range of skills and has gained valuable on the job experience. With her sights set high, Lizzie is a great example of just how beneficial Apprenticeships can be.

What is your current position?
Digital Content Assistant with West Berkshire Council

Who is your employer?
West Berkshire Council

What do you do on a day to day basis?
My job role includes monitoring any changes made to the council’s website, and making sure they meet the relevant content standards. I advise other staff on how to use the content management system and provide support if it is needed.

What got you started on the road to an Apprenticeship?
I began a Business and Administration NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship with West Berkshire Council in 2012, working in the Turnaround Families Programme Team. This was after completing my first year of A-Levels and deciding it wasn’t for me.

This Apprenticeship was for 1 year, in which time I provided support to the team through minute taking, setting up meetings and proof reading reports. I also had several other opportunities, one of which was to work with other young people to create a video about their experiences of using the Youth Service.  I was also given the responsibility of updating the Programme’s information on the council’s website, which I enjoyed.

When my Apprenticeship finished, I applied for a job at a local forklift truck company and worked in their Accounts, Hire and Purchasing Department for about 9 months. I was keen to continue my learning so asked my employer if I could work to complete a Business and Administration NVQ Level 3, and they agreed.

A job then came up back at West Berkshire Council that I was interested in, based in the Digital Services Team. I applied and got the job. I completed my Business and Administration NVQ Level 3, and then decided to move on to a qualification that was more IT focused, due to my change in job role. Currently, I am doing an IT Professional Competence NVQ Level 3, which I am due to complete at the end of this year.

How did WBTC help you?
WBTC have provided support at every stage of my Apprenticeship and my assessor was nothing but supportive in helping me move through the NVQ qualifications. My current NVQ is delivered by ITEC, a different provider, but WBTC were happy to refer me to them and I still have reviews with my assessor to monitor my progress.

Would you recommend Apprenticeships to others?
I would recommend an Apprenticeship to anyone. It’s a fantastic way to get your first job and gain recognised qualifications.