East Riding of Yorkshire Council have praised the important contribution its apprentices are making and is encouraging other organisations to follow suit and create apprenticeship opportunities.
Currently, 40 apprentices work across a range of council services and in schools, helping to deliver services for local communities with the potential to shape the future of local government.
The council is committed to providing a range of opportunities for young people, including apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects, such as business administration, construction and the built environment, IT, supporting teaching & learning in schools and hospitality.
In the past three years, 86 apprentices have worked for the council with 50 of them going on to secure a permanent position upon completion of their studies.
Councillor John Barrett, cabinet portfolio holder for council corporate services and performance, said: ‘As one of the region’s largest employers, the council places a high priority in developing its workforce.
‘Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity for young people to earn-while-they-learn, study for recognised qualifications and establish the skills necessary to carve out a career in a chosen profession. They also provide a solid foundation to take advantage of future job opportunities and progress along the employment ladder.
‘The council is a keen advocate of apprenticeships as a route into employment and will be recruiting to a further four positions before the end of the year. We would strongly encourage other organisations to consider creating apprenticeship positions to help develop a skilled workforce that in turn will benefit the local economy.’
Harry Smailes, apprentice construction assistant, said: ‘I would definitely encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships. Seeing and assisting with design work and on-site construction work has helped me tie together the knowledge I have gained from college, rather than just relying on learning resources.’
Kate Thomson, apprentice support services assistant, said: ‘I would certainly recommend doing an apprenticeship in something you are interested in and want to learn more about. It gives you the confidence, skills and qualifications you need to better yourself and get a career in doing something you enjoy.
‘I would class myself as a mature student and it just shows you can be any age to decide to have a change in your career and go for something new.’