Welcome for Winchester’s apprentices

Press Release: 07/10/2013

Apprentices 2013

Nineteen new apprentices have been welcomed by Winchester City Council, providing more young people with the opportunity to start their careers on a nationally-recognised scheme.

Over the past two years the Council has employed 13 apprentices, equipping them with the skills and experience needed for a career in a modern customer-focused organisation and helping the Council to boost its staff resources in spite of a budget squeeze.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Organisational Development at Winchester City Council, said:

I am a great supporter of our apprenticeship scheme. It gives young people a first step on the career ladder and a valuable qualification. I am delighted that more than half of our apprentices are staying with us in permanent jobs. We are now aiming to build on that success with an expanded scheme.

We hope our experience will encourage other organisations and small- to medium-sized businesses within the District to recruit and train young people, and that our new grant scheme helps apprentices who are struggling to meet those initial costs of entering the working world.

The new apprentices will work in a variety of teams within the Council, from business support to communications, from housing to human resources. They will complete work-based training giving them valuable experience and a nationally-recognised qualification.

Winchester City Council has worked in partnership with a number of training providers including Sparsholt, Eastleigh and Highbury Colleges, Locomotivation and QA to deliver the apprenticeship scheme.

The Council sees these opportunities as an important contribution to supporting young people who are keen to make a positive start in the world of work.

For more information about the apprentice grant scheme visit www.winchester.gov.uk/community/grants/apprenticeship-grants/