Council celebrates apprenticeships

March 29, 2013 by  

Bath and North East Somerset Council has been setting an example for other businesses in the region by celebrating the work and achievements of the apprentices that work across the council.

The council currently employs 27 apprentices across a number of service areas, covering everything from recycling to vehicle maintenance to visitor services. Jo Farrar is the Chief Executive of the Council and spoke about the apprentices working within the local authority, saying:

“It’s great to hear so many wonderful stories of how Bath and North East Somerset Council’s apprenticeship scheme is helping to turn around the lives of people looking for a job and supporting them to progress in their career aspirations.”

Apprenticeships are funded by the government for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 and fund training costs are covered for young people aged 19 to 24. The council hopes that by setting an example, more local businesses will start to take on apprentices, helping young people to carve out their career path from an early age with local firms.

A well as council-based apprenticeships, these can also be arranged through the National Apprenticeship Service or through local colleges, who often produce brochures and prospectuses explaining how apprenticeships work using local brochure printers in and around the city. The City of Bath College offers an apprenticeship scheme that lets young people choose the industry in which they wish to work and then offers them hands-on, on-the-job training.

More information about apprenticeships with Bath and North East Somerset Council can be found via the council website.