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Calderdale College Apprentice Shadows the Mayor

20th March 2013 <b>Calderdale</b> College Apprentice Shadows the Mayor

Abigail Wyatt, Business Administration & Customer Service Apprentice at Calderdale College shadowed the Mayor last week as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Abigail Wyatt, from Halifax shadowed the Mayor during his visit to Beech Hill Primary school where he opened the new building and carried out his Mayoral duties. Abigail learnt about the public service role of the Mayor, the organisation of the Mayoral diary and his skills and experiences learnt in the job: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time shadowing the Mayor, I learnt about the Mayor's varied and busy public role and it has aided my confidence when interacting with new people for the first time.“

In a conversation with Abigail, the Mayor highlighted that he has visited around 330 places whilst he has been the Mayor, ranging from attending church meetings to opening new buildings & school gardens.

Abigail provides administration and customer service support to the External Funding unit at the College whilst studying for her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and Customer Service. She describes her reasons for undertaking an Apprenticeship and what she has learnt so far: “It is really hard to find a job at the moment, so I decided to apply for an Apprenticeship which has enabled me to gain both a qualification and the experience needed to find work in the future.

“My Apprenticeship has helped me develop a good work ethic, improved my confidence and skills and given me the opportunity to be involved with World Skills, the Skills Show and I am the lead ‘Have a go’ contact for Marketing in the External Funding team. I know I will be confident in the future when applying for job roles now that I have some relevant experience and good references,“ continued Abigail.

National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to showcase the variety of Apprenticeships on offer to young people in the Calderdale area. Abigail is undertaking a Business Administration and Customer Service Apprenticeship where she has spent over a year working in a busy office and studying one day a week to learn the tools of her trade. If you are interested in doing an Apprenticeship or would like to find out how an Apprenticeship could help your business please call Calderdale Training 01422 399325 or email

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