Council apprenticeships are booming in the borough
A total of 19 people started apprenticeships at the council during 2017/18 – including seven new apprentices specialising in customer services, housing, parks and streetscene, project management, human resources, democratic services and corporate communications.
A further 12 staff members undertook apprenticeship courses to enhance their skills. A total of 44 apprentices have been employed since 2010.
The council’s success was revealed in the publication of the government’s public sector target performance data for 2017/18.
It exceeded the Local Government Association (LGA) national apprenticeship target of 2.3% new starts in a year. Basingstoke and Deane is one of only 34 councils out of 299 authorities which meets the target, achieving 2.7% and placed 19th in the league table.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been at the forefront of the national drive to offer apprenticeship opportunities.
Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Clive Sanders said: “We are delighted at the government’s latest league table results and proud to offer fantastic apprenticeship opportunities as part of our commitment to supporting local people into work.
“An apprenticeship can be the right option for those who want a fulfilling career without going to university – it’s an excellent way to earn while you learn and enjoy extra benefits, such as leave entitlement, offered to all our members of staff.
”While our apprentices gain experience and a qualification, they also make a valuable contribution to the work of the council.”
The council’s Corporate Communications apprentice Amy Hawkins added: “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anybody who likes a hands-on approach.
“Doing an apprenticeship lets you see first-hand how an organisation operates. You get to earn while you learn and it increases your confidence in the workplace.”
For more information, visit http://jobs.basingstoke.gov.uk/apprenticeships