National Apprentice Week

06 Mar 2017

Stevenage Borough Council is celebrating the success of its apprenticeship programme as part of National Apprentice Week’s 10th birthday.

National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. This year’s theme is ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, which focuses on the progression routes of apprenticeships, from traineeships through to higher and Degree apprenticeships.

Since 2007 the council has taken on more than 50 apprentices, with many being employed permanently in a variety of roles including, business administration, human resources, finance and accounting, constitutional services, customer service, carpentry, plumbing, and sport and leisure. All of our apprentices have gone on to achieve a level 2, 3 or 4 NVQ.

The council currently has 14 apprentices, including one who is studying for a degree in Digital and Technology Solutions as part of the council’s partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. Two more apprentices will join the council shortly.

Councillor Joan Lloyd, Executive Member for Resources, said: “Over the last decade our apprenticeship scheme has been a real success story as all of the apprentices have shown hard work, dedication and an enthusiasm for their jobs – but it’s only the beginning. We are always looking at ways to invest in Stevenage’s young people and provide more job opportunities for them. I hope the achievements of all our apprentices will inspire other young school-leavers to consider apprenticeships.”

For more information on our apprenticeship scheme please visit our website www.stevenage.gov.uk.

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