Recruitment drive to boost apprentice numbers

Northumberland County Council is running a recruitment drive for 220 apprentices, providing great opportunities for people in the county.

The ‘We’re Making it work’ recruitment campaign for the county council’s Apprenticeship Programme, offers apprenticeships from entry level to Degree level

Over the last five years the council has taken on more than 1000 apprentices, with schools in the county taking on over 200.

The programme also provides the opportunity for career progression with two recent Apprentices having secured full time permanent posts within the council.  Martin Lilico, 23 recently progressed from a level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction for the Highways Team, to a permanent position of Highways Operative. While Leon Craggs, 19 successfully completed a level 2 Apprenticeships in Professional Cookery and is now working in County Hall’s restaurant.

Deputy Council Leader Wayne Daley, who is also Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Apprenticeships are incredibly valuable to the council and to businesses in Northumberland. We support hundreds of apprentices each year and they play a valuable role in the work that we do.

“We are about to start the next phase of our recruitment drive for 220 new apprentices, with the commitment that by 2020 we will be supporting up to 400.

“Apprenticeships are an excellent option for many people.  Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people though, they are for adults too who may be out of work or looking for a change in career.

“There are some great opportunities for people to gain the skills, and experience necessary to enter the world of employment. Not only do apprentices gain valuable workplace experience, the council also offers further education and employment to many of the young people it takes on.”

For information about apprenticeships with Northumberland County Council go to http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/apprenticeships or email: apprenticeships@northumberland.gov.uk
 
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