The Class of 2019 have now started their Apprenticeships at South Ribble Borough Council. After exceeding government targets for the number of Apprenticeships in 2017, the council continues to support the scheme with the introduction of the new cohort of six apprentices in 2019. Apprentices get the opportunity to earn while they learn and work towards a qualification whilst also experiencing the working world.
The team of new apprentices have joined the Communications, Investment and Skills, Partnerships, Environmental Health and Building Control teams. The qualifications that the Apprentices will study for include Digital Marketing, Business Administration, Regulatory Compliance and Construction and the Built Environment. The council will work in partnership with Runshaw College and Preston College to deliver training courses and qualifications.
The Apprenticeship scheme is seen as successful within the council itself as a large proportion of previous apprentices have gone on to permanent job roles and higher qualifications with the council.
Councillor Bill Evans, cabinet member for Planning, Regeneration and City Deal commented: “Following on from the success of the last intake of Apprentices, South Ribble Borough Council will once again fully support the Apprenticeships scheme by offering the opportunity to six new people to gain training, qualifications and work experience.
“The council’s ‘Apprentice Factory’ is facilitating and nurturing a 'home grown’ stream of talented employees who are delivering services in various roles following differing professional and occupational routes throughout the Council.
“South Ribble Borough Council recognises that a successful business is reliant on having the best employees. Apprenticeships are one of the most successful ways to achieve this as they offer jobs with training, which is relevant to the needs of the business.
“We are pleased that the recently published figures showed that our apprentice to staff ratio was the highest of all Lancashire public sector organisations, demonstrating the council’s commitment to upskilling staff.”
South Ribble Borough Council run the Apprentice Factory scheme which shows the importance of Apprenticeships for the borough’s economic growth. The scheme aims to bring businesses and would-be apprentices together with guidance and support. The main purposes of the Apprentice Factory are to help ensure that:
- The council has a workforce with the relevant skills to help the effective delivery of value for money services for residents.
- South Ribble residents have the right skills to access excellent job opportunities.
- South Ribble businesses can employ and up-skill people with the appropriate skills for them.
- Accessing suitable apprenticeships, training and career development opportunities is simplified for everyone.
Photo caption: Five of South Ribble Borough Council’s new Apprentices with Interim Chief Executive Gary Hall.