Thinking about an apprenticeship for your next step? Emily is currently studying for her apprenticeship to be an HR consultant/partner with Valcon. Find out why her manager and training officer nominated her for apprentice of the month!

Lewis Hudson, lead HR business partner at Valcon, said “I’m delighted to hear that Emily has been nominated for the apprentice of the month!

Emily’s practical knowledge and experience has continued to go from strength to strength since starting her CIPD apprenticeship. This is reflected in the number of effective working relationships Emily has built with managers and employees; offering reliable and trusted advice.

During her time with Valcon Emily has utilised her apprenticeship to support the business launch and implement a number of initiatives from embedding new talent management practices and deploying employment engagement activities through to successfully achieving our Investors in People certification. Well done Emily!“

Tutor Carl Wickham-Downes said “Emily has had a very successful first year on the CIPD apprenticeship programme. Emily consistently produces class and practice-based work to an exemplary standard.

The excellent and well-contextualised work that reflects her highly professional approach to her studies and to the people management profession. She is on course to complete the full qualification well within the set timescale. This reflects her task-focussed work ethic and professionalism. She is a credit to her employer and the HR profession.”

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Emily said “I feel very proud and also excited to have been recognised as apprentice of the month! It’s a fantastic achievement. I left school not knowing what I wanted to do, and started working full-time. The apprenticeship has been an amazing experience.

I started working for Valcon during the pandemic, and it has been a brilliant experience. I’m constantly learning and applying the skills I’ve learnt during my apprenticeship. No day is ever the same for me at Valcon, and I have a lot of variety in my role which keeps me engaged, and busy!

I’ve built some strong relationships and enjoy supporting others in my role as much as I can. We have a great company culture and work well together, promoting and actively demonstrating our core values.“

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