County Council proudly supporting National Apprenticeship Week

Cllr Miller and Cllr Pollock wearing 'Supporting Apprentices' badges for National Apprenticeship Week 2020. Published Monday, 3rd February 2020

National Apprenticeship Week launches today for 2020 and Worcestershire is once again proud to be involved.

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Members have been encouraging residents to look into what apprenticeships can offer.  

The Cabinet have been proudly wearing the Worcester Apprenticeships ‘Proud to Support Apprenticeships’ Badges and have even been joining in the ‘Selfie Campaign’.

There’s a huge choice of career paths available as an apprentice in Worcestershire, and opportunities across all age ranges too.   

The County Council has been a proud supporter of apprenticeships as a route into new employment for many years now.

It doesn’t matter whether you are currently looking for employment, thinking of changing your career, or keen to further your development to help you forge ahead in your chosen career path.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said: “Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers – there are a great way for people to change their career path or learn a new skill. Here in Worcestershire, we’re really proud of apprenticeships, and we as a county, have a lot of success stories, people who have studied hard for the qualification, enjoyed new experiences and gone on to achieve great things.”  

Apprenticeships schemes are operated using a mix of on and off the job development, allowing apprentices can put their learning into effect immediately.

There are over 240 types of apprenticeship to get involved with nationally, meaning there really is something new for everyone to learn and work towards. 10,000 people in Worcestershire have engaged in apprenticeships in the last year alone.

The Council, and its new wholly owned company Worcestershire Children First, currently offer apprenticeships across a wide range of services, departments and teams.

A new ‘Apprenticeship Strategy’ is being launched internally at County Hall to both Council and Worcestershire Children First staff to make sure apprenticeship opportunities within local government will benefit everyone.

The apprenticeships are across a range of levels from level 2 up to level 7 (GCSE to masters level), providing plenty of opportunity to expand peoples’ skills and knowledge.