A memorable part of the whole assessment day was the chance to have a tour of the prestigious Senedd building, which to this day still retains the same prestigious feeling as I walk through it.
After being successful at the assessment centre I was asked to attend an interview. On arriving at the National Assembly for Wales on the day of my interview I felt nervous but also proud that I had reached this stage.
At first I didn’t quite understand what my role would undertake, but after meeting with my line manager and future Head of Service this gave me a better understanding. I have since worked within the same department for over a year, I have grown up mentally and matured beyond my teenage years! This opportunity has enabled me to develop myself both personally and professionally with the making of a bright future ahead.”
Accommodation and sustainability Apprentice
The recruitment process was very structured and prepared me well for life at the Assembly; the application form enabled me to clearly outline my strengths and weaknesses
I thoroughly enjoy working in an office environment and being at the heart of the work in the Assembly whilst having the opportunity of earning a recognised qualification. I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who is thinking of gaining experience as an apprentice.
I enjoyed my time as an apprentice so much that when the opportunity came up to apply for a full time post, I jumped at the chance. Consequently, I am now a permanent member of staff here at the National Assembly for Wales and look forward to continuing my development and progressing in my career.
Commission and Members’ Support Officer.
After completing an art foundation diploma in Glamorgan University, I took a gap year to hopefully pave a career for myself. I was considering going to university to study art when I became aware of the opportunity to become an Apprentice in the National Assembly for Wales. I instinctively applied as I knew that the Assembly was an exemplary employer.
I completed an application form using the STAR technique and sent it off with the hope of being successful. To my delight I was invited to attend an assessment centre, where I was required to undergo a number of assessments specific to the post. The moment I arrived I was made to feel very welcome by the HR team. I was initially very nervous, but my nerves were soon put to rest by the friendly staff around me. After the assessment centre, I was invited to interview. I attended my first panel interview and was made to feel at ease straight away. I received a letter a week later informing me that I had been successful, and that I had become an Apprentice! Needless to say I was overwhelmed and very excited!
During my induction, I was welcomed by my head of service, my team and my line manager. I was placed in the Resources group which consists of Human Resources, Governance and Audit and Financial Services. I have worked mainly within Human Resources; where I was based predominantly in the learning and development team and the recruitment team.
Throughout my Apprenticeship I have gained Essential Skills, an NVQ qualification, valuable work experience and some fantastic memories. The Apprenticeship scheme was the best decision I have ever made. I have gained a wealth of administrative experience and have made friends for life. After passing my NVQ and my team support interview, I am now permanently employed as a ‘Professional Development Support Officer’ in the Commission and Member Support team where I hope to have a long and happy career.
For the first time I have realised that University is not necessarily the only path into employment. The Apprenticeship scheme has taken me down a different path, but it has definitely been the right one for me.
Commission and Member Support
The National Assembly for Wales is looking for six Apprentices to work in various teams throughout the Assembly Commission. Five posts will be placed in Cardiff Bay and one post will be placed in our Colwyn Bay office.
For more information check our advert, refer to our additional information, or call: 029 20 89 8659 (24 hour answering line).