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Apprentices start with local council

Published: 30/09/2016

Flintshire County Council has welcomed 22 new apprentices. The new recruits met the Chief Executive, Colin Everett, and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton, on an induction day at the Council’s Learning and Development Academy at Coleg Cambria, Northop. This brings the total number of apprentices to 51 across the organisation A number of apprentices are recruited each year to learn skills in areas including business, accountancy, ICT, health and social care, environmental health, highways, waste services and grounds maintenance. This year’s cohort includes seven young people who will work out of the Alltami depot training as, for example, workshop mechanics and street lighting engineers. The apprentices usually attend college one day a week to gain industry recognised qualifications while gaining valuable experience working for the council and earning a salary. The Council has also employed two graduates who will be able to continue their Masters qualification while working in a profession. Councillor Shotton said: “Our award winning Apprentice scheme is an attractive alternative to full-time college or university. The fact that this scheme is growing and developing year on year demonstrates our continued commitment, as a Council, to creating Apprentice opportunities for local people.” Colin Everett, Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to welcome this year’s apprentices and wish them all the best as they start their journey into employment. Many of our apprentices have gone on to enjoy successful careers in their chosen trades and professions. The fact that 96% of those on our scheme gain employment or places in higher education at the end of their apprenticeship is testament to the programme and our partnership with Coleg Cambria.”