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When you join us we want to support you to learn, grow and develop and have a wide variety of learning and development initiatives to help you succeed in your current role and support your career aspirations. From our EPIC Manager programme, to job specific training, coaching, e-learning and apprenticeships there is a whole range of opportunities available to you. Hear about Nichola's coaching apprenticeship journey..... 

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When the opportunity arose to become a qualified coach with full funding and support from Trafford Council and STAR Procurement, I jumped at the chance!

I had been lucky enough to receive coaching myself and knew how valuable it was to have the time and space to work through current issues, future plans and areas for personal and professional development.

Participating in the qualification has allowed me to learn more about myself as a person and helped me to develop in my own role as a leader and manager. 

Through the various interactive workshops I attended as part of the programme I have also been lucky enough to meet some great peoples who, like me, were keen to invest in their own personal development and learn new skills.  

The qualification at times has been challenging as there is lots of reading, research and practice to undertake, but equally it’s been just as rewarding. I’ve been fully supported by my manager, immediate colleagues and also other colleagues from across the Council who were taking part in the apprenticeship at the same time. It’s been so useful to have a forum to share ideas, approaches and challenges both within my coaching practice and the assignments. 

One of the greatest benefits to becoming a coach is that I have met and worked with Trafford Council’s own employees who have asked for coaching to support their personal and professional development. All the people I have worked with have been engaged, positive and inspirational and it’s been so rewarding as many of the people I have supported have been successful in gaining new positions and promotions at the Council. I would absolutely recommend it to others.