Apprentice scheme ends on high

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CHESTERFIELD Borough Council’s apprenticeship programme has now been completed, with all 30 apprentices having either secured employment or finished their training programme.

50 per cent of the apprentices (15 people) secured employment which is an exceptional result for a scheme of this type with the majority being employed within Chesterfield Borough. A further 12 people completed the scheme and are now seeking employment.

Cllr John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We’re delighted with the final outcomes of the apprenticeship programme and, although it would have been great for everyone to have secured employment, we know the apprentices are now in a much better position to secure a job because of the training and qualifications they’ve received.”

The apprentices have gone on to work in a variety of industries including IT, retail, manufacturing, landscaping and leisure. The programme gave apprentices the opportunity to study a number of different subjects and gain qualifications in a wide range of topics including Customer Service, Business Administration, Instructing Exercise and Fitness, Heritage and Tourism and Environmental Conservation.

Funding for the apprenticeship programme came from the Working Neighbourhoods Fund and Future Jobs Fund and totalled around £700,000 over two years.