Apprentice praises qualification for boosting his confidence and career progression

A Leadership and Management Apprentice has praised the qualification he is about to complete for giving him the confidence and career progression he was seeking.

Yasin Bux, 36, from Preston, is a parking and enforcement officer team leader at Lancashire County Council, and is about to complete his Level 3 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship with Nelson and Colne College Group ahead of schedule. 

Based at the county council’s highways department’s Cuerden depot, Yasin has made a significant impact on the performance of the Highways and Transport Team through the knowledge and skills he has developed during his apprenticeship.

One of the key areas of work Yasin has played a crucial role in is the issuing of parking permits, helping to resolve a series of software issues with a contractor to enable smoother online payment for permits, renewal of permits online and the upload system for providing evidence for a permit. 

His work has meant the county council has recently been able to bring ‘in house’ the production of permits for 9,000 residents from six district councils that previously issued permits on the county council’s behalf. This decision and greater efficiencies have resulted in a six-figure saving and an approximate 750 hours of administration time annually.

Yasin is also playing an instrumental role in a printing project to reduce the cost of issuing parking ticket and bus lane enforcement letters – which will achieve a saving of tens of thousands of pounds annually – and going forward, a new software system is being introduced by the county council in 2021 around the processing of parking tickets, a project in which Yasin is playing an integral role with writing training manuals for colleagues.

Yasin, a former student of Christ the King Catholic High School in Preston, said: “I decided to begin my apprenticeship as I needed a challenge and saw the qualification as a way to improve my chances of promotion. It was also an opportunity to gain a qualification that is relevant to the work I am doing now.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying my apprenticeship, and I have covered problem solving, leadership, communication, self-awareness, self-management, finance, project management and more. I love putting the theory I’m learning into practice and I’m constantly trying new things out on the team.

“The apprenticeship has also given me the confidence and motivation to keep progressing into a more senior management position, and I definitely will work towards achieving further Leadership and Management qualifications at higher levels in the future.”

Yasin’s manager Mandy White, who is senior parking and enforcement officer at Lancashire County Council, said: “Since commencing his Leadership and Management Apprenticeship, Yasin has become so much more confident in his abilities and his progress and the positive impact he continues to have on the way we operate.

“I have no doubt Yasin is destined to progress to upper echelons of management in due course, and I consider myself very lucky to have him as one of my team leaders – hopefully for some time to come.”

Yasin’s trainer assessor Julie Garrigan, who is programme leader for Leadership and Management Apprenticeships at Nelson and Colne College Group, said: “Since I started working as Yasin's trainer assessor, I have found that he is a totally committed and professional member of his team at Lancashire County Council.

“He is very articulate and is well-respected by his peers. His manager has testified on his leadership and management qualities, and his communication and operational management skills, which have developed considerably through the duration of the apprenticeship.”

Nelson and Colne College Group offers a wide range of support of apprenticeships and training to employers and is currently offering employers across Lancashire and the wider North West region an incentive payment if they hire an apprentice before 31 January next year.

Any employer that hires a new young apprentice aged 16-24 prior to that date will receive £2,000, while those that hire new apprentices aged 25 and over will be paid £1,500. 

It means that employers could receive up to £3,000 in total for hiring new 16-18-year-old apprentices during the incentive scheme, as the funding is in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive the government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices, and those aged under-25 with an education, health and care plan.

For more information on apprenticeships by Nelson and Colne College Group, please visit www.nelson.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 01282 440319.