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Trainee Graduation

Published: 12/08/2014

Council leaders have congratulated employees at the annual awards ceremony for Flintshire County Council trainees who have successfully completed or are working towards their apprenticeships. Out of 68 trainees, 20 apprentices graduated from their programme at the event at Coleg Cambria on Wednesday 30 July and many will now move on to full time jobs or university. As well as gaining their qualifications the trainees also raised money for the college charity and presented a cheque for £504.60 to the college. Each year, Flintshire County Council offers apprenticeships in departments across the organisation giving people of all ages the opportunity to gain qualifications whilst building their practical skills and experience in the workplace. The strong partnership between the Council and Coleg Cambria means that 84 per cent of apprentices go into employment and at least four per cent go on to university or professional training. Collaboration with Coleg Cambria means the Council can offer apprenticeships in administration, ICT, accountancy, plumbing, electrical, joinery, plastering, building, environmental conservation, engineering, catering, horticulture, warehousing, beauty and countryside management. Colin Everett, Flintshire County Council’s Chief Executive said: “Our apprenticeship programme is an excellent way for us to develop employees with the skills and experience needed. Apprentices get hands on experience and on the job training as well as gaining industry recognised qualifications.” Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council said: “The hard work and dedication to public service shown by our current apprentices is truly inspirational. The Council is committed to the continued development and creation of quality apprenticeships, the recent awards ceremony was a fantastic way to celebrate the success of our current apprentices and we look forward to welcoming new apprentices onto the programme in the autumn. Coleg Cambria Deputy Principal Ian Dickson, who attended the event on behalf of the college, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Flintshire County Council’s Apprenticeship scheme. The awards ceremony is a great way to celebrate success and we look forward to welcoming new apprentices onto the programme.” Photo caption L-R: Leader of Flintshire Council Cllr Aaron Shotton, Chief Executive Flintshire Council Colin Everett with Flintshire trainees and apprentices, Chief Officer People and Resources Helen Stappleton and Coleg Cambria Deputy Principal Ian Dickson.