#NAW2020 Spotlight on… Essex

To mark National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2020 the East of England LGA is shining a spotlight on examples of activities and events happening in Councils

To mark National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2020 the East of England LGA is shining a spotlight on examples of activities and events happening in Councils across the Region to celebrate apprenticeships in local government. Here are just a selection of events and promotional activities taking place across Essex.

Tendring District Council
Career Track at Tendring District Council will hold their annual “Celebration of Success” on Tuesday 4 February during National Apprenticeship Week. They use this opportunity to award and merit the achievements of our learners over the past year. This year achievement certificates have been given out to apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeships. Merit certificates are being awarded for apprentices that have “looked beyond” during the past year and they also have an Assessors Award being given to the “Apprentice(s) of the year”.

Braintree District Council
Apprentices at Braintree District Council will be holding a bake sale and raffle on Tuesday 4 February to raise money for the Braintree Volunteer Awards which is this year’s corporate project. On Wednesday 5 February they will be visiting charities across the towns of Braintree, Witham and Halstead to promote the awards and encourage nominations.

Braintree District Council will be at an Apprenticeship Information Event at Colchester Institute on Tuesday 4 February and the Braintree Campus on Thursday 13 February. On Thursday, will be following a day in the life of our apprentices via Instagram Stories and on Friday will be do a Q&A video about apprenticeships from questions submitted during the week.

Southend Borough Council
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are hosting an Apprenticeship Information Evening to follow on from National Apprenticeship Week. Local residents are invited to find out more about earning money while gaining a qualification, how to apply for apprenticeships, and even if they just want some guidance, they are encouraged to come along. The event takes place on 12 February at The Park Inn by Raddison Southend, 4-6pm.

Basildon Borough Council
Basildon Borough Council will be running a variety of initiates during National Apprenticeship Week. Firstly, uploading one graphic through their social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram) each day – featuring a picture of one of their apprentices, with a few quotes about what they enjoy about their role, the programme itself and Basildon Council as an organisation. 

They will also be doing a Facebook/Instagram/Twitter Q+A for an hour during the week with one of their apprentices – where potential future apprentices/parents/Basildon residents can ask them anything about their experiences as an apprentice at Basildon Council.

In addition, colleagues have interviewed a few departmental managers that house their apprentices, for them to explain how the apprenticeship programme has improved their workforce and benefitted their service – and these interviews will also be published across social media channels throughout the week. 

Further, on Friday, there will be a group photo published across Basildon’s social media to conclude the week, featuring all of the apprentices at Basildon Council, alongside the scheme co-ordinator, and their young person’s ambassador.

Epping Forest District Council
Epping Forest District Council getting involved with #NAW2020 and posting during the week about all of their apprentices. They will also be focusing on Higher Level Apprentices going into careers at EFDC.

The East of England LGA is committed to raising awareness of the importance of apprenticeships to our organisations and economies and to help increase the number and uptake of apprenticeships across the region. Working together is the best way to achieve this!

To share your apprenticeship stories get in touch with Emma Grant, Senior HR Advisor at the East of England LGA on emma.grant@eelga.gov.uk / 01284 758326
Find out more about the Get up and Grow campaign at here.