Posted: Monday 5th March 2018
Hertfordshire County Council is celebrating this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (5 to 9 March) by showcasing the schemes we have to offer.
We offer apprenticeships in a wide range of sectors, including; business administration, finance, engineering, IT and the award-winning national 'skills for care' programme. Over 80 members of staff have been enrolled into an apprenticeship qualification since September 2017 either through an apprenticeship opportunity or an existing member of staff as part of their career development.
Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, a number of current county council apprentices will be explaining the rewards gained from such schemes, when they take part in a Twitter Takeover. You can catch them on @hertscc #NAW2018
Apprenticeships play a key role in the recently published Hertfordshire Skills Strategy to 2020; developing our future workforce as well as encouraging an enthusiasm in all residents for life-long learning. We are working to increase the number of young people who undertake an apprenticeship pathway and promote greater take up of higher level apprenticeships amongst businesses.
“There are many options available to young people after they leave school, and apprenticeships are becoming more important in helping them to enter the workforce,” said David Williams, Cabinet Member for Resources and Leader of the Council.
“But apprenticeships aren’t only for school leavers, they are great for someone wanting to re-train or have a career change – and they not only allow you to earn a wage, but to gain a nationally recognised qualification, up to a postgraduate degree, and invaluable experience.”
Designed for all ages, either school, college leavers or for those looking to change careers, our apprenticeships provide an opportunity to secure a permanent role within the council, while receiving on-the-job training alongside gaining a qualification.
Richard Gardner, from St Albans, is completing an Associate Project Management higher level apprenticeship. He commends the scheme for giving him the opportunity to work on interesting projects:
“Working alongside experienced project managers in the Improvement Team has provided me with a great deal of experience and new skills. I love the fact that I am learning new things while working at the same time.
“Many people I have spoken to have been surprised that I am embarking on an apprenticeship in my forties. In reality it is a great way to change careers at any time of life; however you do need to be prepared to undertake some basic tasks.”
Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised throughout the year, but you can register your interest now for any of our apprenticeships and find out more at: https://jobs.hertfordshire.gov.uk/sectors/apprenticeships.aspx