National Apprenticeship Week at the City Council

Press Release: 24/02/2014

Winchester City Council's talented Apprentices 2014

Winchester City Council is supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2014 which takes place from 3-7 March.

The City Council’s apprentices will be involved in a variety of different activities and events throughout the week to celebrate their achievements so far.

This year marks the third round of apprentices at the City Council. The success of the scheme for both the Council and the apprentices influenced the recent decision of councillors to approve funding for apprentices for at least the next five years.

National Apprenticeship Week highlights how apprenticeships can benefit both the employers and individuals. The week allows employers to showcase the quality of their apprentices and the contribution they are making to the workplace.

During the week the City Council will post messages provided by the 20 apprentices on its Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. There will also be YouTube videos throughout the week exploring the different experiences happening throughout the Council. Some of the apprentices will also take part in job swaps with senior managers.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance and Administration, said:

I am delighted that we continue to support National Apprenticeship Week. Our apprentices are valuable members of the Council staff and community, and we hope to inspire other companies to follow suit and give young people a positive start to their working career.

The City Council apprentices are enjoying the opportunity to work in different departments including Communications, Health and Wellbeing, Sport and Physical Activity and Housing. Winchester’s apprentices also contribute to the local community. They raised funds for Trinity homeless shelter by hosting a Christmas jumper day and spending the day greeting customers and packing for them at Tesco in Winnall.

Chandler Divers, who works in the Communications team, said on behalf of the apprentices:

Finishing College and moving on from education seemed overwhelming at first, and I had no idea where to start looking for my first full-time job. Despite working in a part-time job all summer, I was keen to find a job that would further my career and open more doors of opportunity for me. Luckily, I heard of Winchester City Council’s apprenticeship scheme and I secured a placement. Learning the relevant skills at college and applying these skills in my day-to-day job is so beneficial, and I find myself growing more confident each day. I feel so grateful for the opportunity and it’s exciting to know that I will have a qualification at the end of it all.

Cllr Godfrey added:

The City Council has employed more apprentices than ever before this year following the success of previous years. Last year was a particular success with most apprentices choosing to stay on at the Council in a variety of full-time positions.