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We love apprentices in east Suffolk!
We love apprentices in east Suffolk!

Here in the East we are committed to enabling the delivery of apprenticeship training, making sure that the Apprenticeship levy money is spent in the most effective way. That’s why we are supporting a ‘Get up and Grow’ campaign to support councils to increase the number of apprenticeships that are undertaken and make best use of the funding available through the Levy.  Further information about the campaign can be found here.

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils are celebrating the impact of apprentices within the two councils after recruiting a record number this summer.

The apprenticeship scheme has become well established within the two councils with 43 trained since 2012.

Even once their apprenticeships have been completed, 70% of apprentices over the last three years have stayed with the Councils to develop bright careers within the authorities.

Several of these have gone on to undertake further qualifications within their chosen field, including level 3 apprenticeships in Business admin and Customer Services, level 4 professional qualifications in Housing, and one young person who joined us in 2012 has recently completed a level 5 qualification in HR.

Apprentices are currently working in service areas across the two districts, including HR, planning, housing and finance and 13 will soon be joining the organisations in those areas as well as legal and active communities.

In return, they offer them all a business based, supported recognised qualification, a modern working environment, generous annual leave entitlements and valuable work based skills from day one. 

Cllr Stuart Lawson, Suffolk Coastal cabinet member for Resources with responsibility for Human Resources and Cllr Mark Bee, Leader of Waveney District Council with responsibility for Human Resources, said in a joint statement: “We’re pleased to be able to offer such a variety of apprenticeships to young people in east Suffolk and it’s fantastic that the majority of our apprentices stay with us to develop promising careers with the Councils.

“Our apprentices are a valuable part of us as they contribute enormously across our service areas and the enthusiasm they bring helps us bring fresh ideas into the workplace. They also give our existing staff the opportunity to develop their skills in mentoring, management and development.

“We are very proud of our apprentices and would like to thank them all for their hard work. Their commitment ensures we can continue to offer a variety of practical on-the-job training roles to train the talent of tomorrow.”

Here’s what just some of their fantastic past apprentices have had to say…

Lee Todd, Customer Services Team Leader at Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, said: “I found my apprenticeship to be a valuable experience. It gave me a great pathway into a career within Local Government. I learnt new skills which I still use in my everyday work now, It helped me improve both my admin skills and my communication skills alongside completing a NVQ which is a fantastic qualification to obtain. My apprenticeship helped me get to where I am today by challenging me to consistently expand my knowledge and to have an enthusiasm to keep learning and progressing my career.”

Holly Middleditch, Environmental Protection Technical Officer, said: “I left school not sure where to start in the working world, but was successful in applying for an Apprenticeship in the Food and Safety team at Suffolk Coastal. This enabled me to gain a thorough understanding and background experience within the Environmental Health sector, and also gaining qualifications whilst working. Since my apprenticeship I have continued to work for the Council within other departments until coming back to Environmental Health last year, I now have (in my opinion!) one of the most varied and interesting roles as Environmental Protection Technical Officer, with my daily work including nuisance complaints, private water supplies and animal welfare licensing.”

Geena Clarke, Trainee Accountant at Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, said: “Without my apprenticeship with the Councils’ I would not have the confidence to say I am now working my dream job! Not only was my apprenticeship a gateway to my career but it also gave me a universal foundation that I can take anywhere!”

To apply for apprenticeships with them, visit their dedicated jobs page at: www.suffolkjobsdirect.org/EastSuffolkCouncils

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