BOLSOVER District Council’s Apprenticeship Programme has been hailed a huge success by the apprentices.
The scheme was established back in January 2010 and has since helped 169 young people into work and assisted countless others by helping them gain valuable work experience and qualifications such as NVQs.
The programme was split into two phases employing 103 people aged 16 – 25 years-old who were not in employment, education or training. The council told how 70per cent of the apprentices from the first phase and 90per cent of the apprentices from the second phase had either gone into full-time employment or back into education and training, re-iterating the council’s belief that apprenticeship schemes do work and benefit young people.
Laura Dodd, who successfully gained full-time employment at Chesterfield Royal Hospital through her apprenticeship, said: “I am really happy with how this year has turned out for me, and the programme has given me so much that I can
now take with me for future career choices.
“I want to say a massive thank you to Bolsover District Council and the Royal Hospital. They have been brilliant to me and everyone involved in the programme and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.
“I am now part of a lovely team and I am enjoying my working life and its all thanks to Bolsover District Council.”
Figures prior to the apprentices starting just 10per cent felt they had a chance of securing a job, but once they had completed the programme, 100per cent felt they were better prepared and had adequate skills to help them secure full time employment.
The Council has worked with a variety of partner organisations such as Chesterfield Royal Hospital, National Trust, Groundwork and offered young people apprentices in a variety of areas including admin, horticulture, construction, warehousing, healthcare, ICT and business.
Bolsover District Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Alan Tomlinson, said: “Our Apprenticeship Programme has been extremely successful and received the ultimate accolade – from the apprentices themselves. Our overall aim was to help young people get a job, become trained so they have the skills to success and provide them with some self belief and independence, and looking at what they said, I think we have achieved this.”
Comments from other apprentices also paid tribute to the programme and how it had helped turned their lives around.
The funding for the programme comes from a mixture of Community Regeneration Trust, Working Neighbourhoods Fund and placement partner contributions.