This National Apprenticeship Week (5th – 11th February), South Kesteven District Council is raising awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships.
As well as helping people to learn skills for life, the programme provides experience, a salary, and can often lead to rewarding careers.
SKDC is a long-standing supporter of the scheme with 17 apprentices currently employed by the Council.
Cllr Rhea Rayside, Cabinet Member for People and Communities, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for people to find their feet in new and existing careers. We are proud to continue our support of those choosing the pathway.
“By combining workplace training with academic study, apprentices are given the opportunity to gain useful skills, invaluable experience and a nationally-recognised qualification.”
Since 2017, SKDC has taken on 53 apprentices. They include new-starters joining entry level roles or current staff looking to upskill and take the next step in their careers.
They are currently undertaking qualifications in a range of areas such as joinery, ICT, environmental health and leadership.
To support apprentices through their placements, the Council recently launched an Apprenticeship Network, giving attendees the chance to connect with others, share their experiences and provide feedback.
As well as being an apprentice himself, Jack Perry, Human Resources (HR) Assistant at the Council, helps to organise the programme.
He said: “Apprenticeships are a cornerstone of what we do here to help develop staff at SKDC.
“There are over 600 different types of apprenticeships available nationally and lots of them are applicable to roles we have here at the Council.
“Whether you’re looking to make that first step on your career journey or develop new skills for your current position, an apprenticeship could help you get there.”
For more information about SKDC apprenticeship vacancies when they become available, visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/working-us.