Earn while you learn at Colchester Borough Council
Earn while you learn at Colchester Borough Council

Apprenticeships within councils across the East of England offer high quality pathways to successful careers, providing excellent opportunities to learn new skills and develop a career. The ‘Get up and Grow’ campaign supports 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.

Colchester Borough Council adopted a new approach to recruiting budding apprentices with the offer to join a comprehensive apprenticeship programme. Councillor Mark Cory, Portfolio Holder for Resources, officially welcomed the cohort of 11 new apprentices who will get the chance to experience the working-world through a year-long, full-time, structured training programme.
A range of apprenticeships were advertised on the National Apprenticeship Government website, offering opportunities in a variety of Council services including Events, IT, Museums, Economic Growth, Business Rates, Council Tax and Benefits.

In addition to completing a formal apprenticeship qualification with a recognised training provider, the Council has developed a programme providing apprentices opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • On-the-job training and job shadowing
  • Allocated projects appropriate to their service area
  • On-line training and development
  • Scheduled one-to-one meetings with line managers
  • A Programme of workshops and master classes
  • Volunteering
  • An assigned individual mentor
  • Social activities
  • Buddy system
  • Regular programme reviews enabling apprentices to offer suggestion for improvement and provide feedback

Speaking after welcoming the new apprentices, Cllr Cory said: “I was delighted to meet our new apprentices and to have the opportunity to offer them our full support and encouragement.
“Apprenticeships play a vital role in giving young people from all backgrounds an opportunity to learn and develop the valuable workplace skills they need in today’s employment market.

“Our new Apprenticeship Scheme commits us to increase the number of apprenticeships we are able to offer young people. With improving job opportunities in the borough and unemployment at an all-time low, it's vital that we continue to develop our workforce, and apprenticeships are key to achieving this.”

In March 2017 Sammy-Jo Matier, who joined Colchester Borough Council’s Customer Services team as an apprentice Benefits Assistant in April 2016, was nominated for Apprentice of the Year. The award, presented by Career Track, recognises the hard work and commitment of apprentices whose work and learning impresses their assessors.