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DNCC Apprentice Hannah Stars In New LEP Skills Film

Hannah BarnettAn apprentice who was placed into employment and trained by DNCC Training is one of the stars of a new video to promote skills in the Sheffield City Region.

Hannah Barnett features in the online film called "Skills Made Easy: Your Business, Your Skills", which was produced by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to promote its new Skills Made Easy programme. The initiative, which is funded by the LEP's City Deal, puts control over training directly into the hands of local employers:

Hannah, an IT apprentice, completed her Level Three IT User training in February and has since maintained her employment with Arvato, an organisation which provides outsourced public services to Chesterfield Borough Council.

She said: "I am really happy with the career progression I have made so far thanks to my apprenticeship."

After taking her GCSEs, Hannah wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she left school and so decided to go to Brookfield Community School to take her A-levels. She soon realised she didn’t want to go to university and instead wanted to gain practical experience and knowledge in the workplace.

She continued: "‘When I decided that university wasn’t for me, I approached staff at Connexions for support and advice. When they told me about the opportunities available through doing an apprenticeship I was interested immediately. I decided that I would leave sixth form if the right apprenticeship vacancy became available.

"When I found out Chamber Training was advertising for an apprenticeship role working for Arvato, I applied straight away. The job description sounded interesting and I thought the apprenticeship would suit my style of learning. I studied product design at school and really liked to see plans come together. This is what initially made me attracted to a career in project management.

"I was successful at my apprenticeship interview and I joined Arvato in June 2011. Since starting in the role I have achieved both my intermediate and advanced apprenticeships in IT. In addition, I have achieved: a Level One qualification in health and safety, a Level Two qualification in customer care and my Prince2 specialist project management qualification. After achieving that, I was promoted and I now work as an ICT Project Support Officer. This means that I project manage my own projects in addition to supporting on-going projects. I am really happy with the career progression I have made so far and I am still only 18."

Laura Arran, Hannah’s Training Advisor at DNCC, added: "Hannah is a fantastic example for the apprentices of tomorrow. She has got stuck in from day one and this enthusiasm has really paid dividends. She has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge and has proven to be a real asset to her employer.

"Her knowledge and experience mean that she can be flexible and assist her team when colleagues are on holiday or off sick. She has gained in confidence and has never once been afraid to put herself forward for new jobs and training. I feel she has really made the most of her apprenticeship."

You can find out more about the Skills Made Easy programme here. And for more information about how a DNCC apprentice can help your business grow, click here or call the team on 0844 4432150.