A step on the career ladder - eight apprenticeships for young people available at Winchester City Council

Press Release: 08/06/2012

Providing career opportunities for young people has been a priority for Winchester City Council this year, with two apprentices already working in the Customer Service Centre. Now the scheme is being extended across the Council with a further 8 apprenticeships now open to apply for.

Apprenticeships provide opportunities not just for the employees but also for the organisation helping to bring new staff into the council and equip them with the skills and experience needed for a career in a modern customer focused council.

One of our customer service centre apprentices Hayley Wall commented,

“When I joined I was inexperienced, shy and low in self confidence. I was constantly saying to myself and my manager ‘I can’t do this’. But my managers were so encouraging that after a month of training I was ready and the next thing I knew I was on the phones. At first it was hard, it always is when you learn new things, but I did it! I am now experienced and have learnt so much. To top it off, I have gained an NVQ2 in customer service and a full time job.”

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Administration said,

We are very proud of the success of our apprenticeship scheme. Both apprentices have achieved nationally recognised qualifications, invaluable experience to start their careers in local government, and the icing on the cake - full time permanent jobs in the customer service centre.

The council now has two experienced, enthusiastic customer service advisors delivering customer service we are proud of…and the promise of more as we look to recruit our 2012 apprentices. We also hope our experience will encourage other organisations and small to medium sized businesses within the District to recruit and train young people.”

Other departments have now taken the opportunity to recruit apprentices with vacancies in the following areas:
Asset Management
Civil Engineering
Customer Service
Food & Beverage

The apprentices will complete a work based training program giving them both valuable work experience and a nationally recognised qualification. For more information and to apply please visit www.hampshirejobs.org.uk. The closing date for applications is 15 June.

The Council has also announced that it will be making grant funding available to local businesses to help them pay for apprentice training, and will be launching the scheme in the summer.