Apprentice numbers continue to grow at Council

Published Monday, 13 May 2013

Telford & Wrekin Council continues to lead the way in tackling unemployment in the younger population by further increasing the number of apprentices employed.

Back in February, the Council hit a significant milestone when its target of employing 100 apprentices was achieved.

That 100 target has now been smashed with the total now standing at 122 apprentices working across the council. This includes apprentices in schools and those existing employees following apprenticeship frameworks.

Most recently apprentices have been recruited to teams which include children's services, web services, the benefits team and Telford Ice Rink.

While getting "on the job" training within their team, each apprentice also works toward an NVQ which includes Business Administration, Customer Services, Activity Leadership, Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools and even Trees & Timber amongst others.

Apprenticeships range in length from 12 months to two years with each individual receiving development and support in entering the world of work.

Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services and Co-operative Council, said: "as a Co-operative Council we feel it is our job to lead by example, and as one of the borough's major employers we knew we had to increase employment opportunities for young people in order to encourage other local businesses to follow suit.

Reaching 100 apprentices was a significant milestone for us, but as our aim is to help young people into employment, not just within the council but across all businesses in the borough, we have continued to offer opportunities wherever we can.

Now our total is standing at 122 and I am just so astounded at the drive and commitment every single one of the apprentices I meet has. We want each and every one of them to progress into a rewarding career, either with us or another local business."

Simon Whately has recently began his apprenticeship within the Web Services team and is working towards a Level 3 IT Application Specialist NVQ. He said: "I'm finding it really interesting so far, I'm getting a lot of support from the other members of the team, I'm busy and learning fast.

I would recommend an apprenticeship to other young people looking for work as they offer not only experience of working but you also get the chance to get a qualification at the same time."