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You're Hired! Council Backs UK Apprentice Campaign

From the left are Nick Haralambos, Alan Coar and Melissa Watts.
From the left are Nick Haralambos, Alan Coar and Melissa Watts.
Published Friday, 18 November 2016

You're hired! Ribble Valley Borough Council is backing a UK campaign aimed at recruiting more apprentices.

From next year, companies and organisations with more than 250 employees or an annual pay bill over £3 million will be required to invest in apprenticeships.

The Government wants to improve the quality of apprenticeships and create three million more by 2020.

The apprenticeship levy aims to address skills shortages and broaden young people’s routes into decent careers.

Research shows that the better you train your employees the longer they stay and more positive effect they have on your organisation.

And Ribble Valley Borough Council is no stranger to apprenticeship success, with one former apprentice recently promoted to a senior post.

Alan Coar was taken on by Ribble Valley Borough Council as an apprentice electrician aged 16 – and 14 years and a degree in surveying later is now the authority’s principal surveyor.

He said: “Being an apprentice has really worked for me. I undertook my degree by day release while gaining valuable work experience and have been able to earn while I learn.
“My career progression has surpassed what I might have achieved had I gone to university straight from school.”

The council’s regeneration projects officer, Melissa Thorpe, also worked her way up from being a legal apprentice and undertook a BA Business by day release.

And now IT apprentice Nick Haralambos has been given a two-year extension to his apprenticeship after achieving an NVQ Level III in Computing, while former depot apprentice Matt Lancaster has just returned to the authority as a fully-qualified HGV driver.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of human resources, Michelle Smith, said: “Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff and attract enthusiastic talent with fresh ideas, as well as reduce staff turnover, by increasing employee satisfaction and loyalty.

“And kicking off your career with an apprenticeship is a great way to get a head start in the field you want to work in. They enable you to ‘earn while you learn’ and gain the skills and qualifications that future employers want.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council recently appointed a three-year accounting apprentice and further apprenticeships are on the cards.

 

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