Hertfordshire County Council – Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2017

Published: 24 Feb 2017

Apprentices in the county are being celebrated by Hertfordshire County Council during this year’s National Apprenticeship Week.

Exciting new opportunities are available to residents of all ages from April thanks to investment in apprenticeships through the new Apprenticeship Levy Fund.

And throughout National Apprenticeship Week (6 to 10 March), 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 #NAW2017

Cabinet member for Enterprise, Education and Skills David Williams said: “We believe we are in a great position in Hertfordshire to be able to offer a whole host of attractive apprenticeships to residents of all ages.

“We have a strong record of helping apprentices in the county fulfil their dreams of a particular career. I would encourage anyone wishing to embark on a new role, whether a school leaver or someone simply wishing for a change in direction, to look at the opportunities on offer.”

He added: “One of the main benefits of becoming an apprentice with Hertfordshire County Council is the opportunity to earn while you learn. Alongside this you will receive ongoing support, necessary on the job training as well as the possibility of securing a permanent role with the Council.”

Since 2012, Hertfordshire County Council has employed more than 250 apprentices, with this number forecasted to grow due to the apprenticeship levy.

An apprenticeship provides experience in the workplace and an opportunity to gain qualifications, up to a postgraduate degree, whilst receiving a salary.

Apprenticeships are now open to all ages, so they are not only a way to kick-start your career, but also a way to further develop skills and gain qualifications for existing employees, regardless of previous qualifications or experience.

Current engineering apprentice at Hertfordshire County Council, Rhys Hughes said: “This apprenticeship is a brilliant way for me to take full advantage of what HCC has to offer in way of training and progression towards becoming a qualified civil engineer.

“I am working with a brilliant team who are taking me up the ladder by giving me real life work which has the engineering principles applied to it. From an apprenticeship you learn a lot, not just about the job but also about yourself.”

Current Business Administration Apprentice, Chloe Brown, who works in children’s services has also gained a great deal from her training at the county council.

“Hertfordshire County Council stood out to me when applying for apprenticeships as I knew that the experience I would gain would be valuable and open many doors for me professionally,” she said. 

“Since working here, I feel that I have gained and am still gaining very valuable skills and I have been greatly supported in work and with my apprenticeship.”

For further information regarding apprenticeships, please visit our county of opportunity website: http://www.countyofopportunity.co.uk/job-opportunities/graduates-apprenticeships-paid-internships-work-experience/

For more information on how apprenticeships are changing, please visit out apprenticeship levy page: https:// hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/apprenticeship-levy.aspx