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Hanzlah works at Bolton Council as an Apprentice Information Analyst after joining the Policy and Strategy Team in September 2017.

“After finishing College, I was under pressure to go to University, which is often considered the ‘normal’ route to take. However, I was very keen on the idea of learning while working, providing an opportunity to put the theory into practice. I started a Level 3 Digital marketing Apprenticeship with a small company, but when I saw the Apprentice Information Analyst opportunity advertised on greater.jobs I was very keen to apply."

"Now I enjoy working with meaningful, real-life datasets such as social care and adoption scenarios. I have picked up the analytical skills which are required for the role, and am working towards a BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions (Data Analytics).

This involves attending university once a week and completing assignments throughout the year. My manager and the rest of the team help enormously, ensuring I am on track with university and assisting me in any way they can. Certain assignments also require workplace projects, which allow me to directly apply university study into the workplace. This has also enabled me to learn more about different areas within Bolton Council.

In the two years I have been at Bolton Council my skills have continued to develop and therefore I have greater responsibility.

The key benefit of my Apprenticeship for me, must be learning the theory at university and having an opportunity, literally the next day, to put it into practice. The development opportunities are constant, whether that’s shadowing a piece of work or using specific training software provided. Training opportunities are widely available too. One factor which helped me to settle is my colleagues and how they don’t see me as an Apprentice. I am only halfway through my Apprenticeship, but I am treated as simply another member of the team which is encouraging.”

Take a look at the opportunities currently available in Apprenticeships & Early Careers.