Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Council Urges More Take Up During National Apprenticeship Week

A local council is urging firms to take on more apprentices after employing three young people in roles at South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The call comes during national apprenticeship week (3-7 March) – a campaign to increase awareness, understanding and demand for apprenticeships as well as celebrate apprenticeship talent, skills, achievements and successes.

Last year the Council took on two apprentices in housing administration roles and a third is now working in the revenues department – all of which are training on the job.

As part of the Council’s commitment to helping young people into work, apprentices are also requested to be employed by firms winning larger contracts where it is viable.

Cllr Simon Edwards, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for staffing, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for people to learn on the job and progress through an organisation. We have found them to be highly beneficial to both the people who we have taken on, but also to us as an organisation. Our apprentices have new and fresh ideas and are very driven to make things happen. Apprenticeship week is a great chance for us to celebrate the successes of our apprentices and I hope other organisations will also think about how they could benefit from taking someone on.”

Dennis Ockenden, 19, apprentice at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The apprenticeship scheme is a good fit for me as it allows me to learn while on the job rather than in a classroom. My scheme is online and is flexible to fit in with my work commitments. If employers are thinking about taking on an apprentice I would urge them to do so. Training your own people means you can shape them and help maximise their talent.”