Applications are now open for a successful apprenticeship scheme which helps young people kick-start their careers in local government.
Applications are now open for the East Suffolk Council apprenticeship scheme. Five opportunities are available in a number of teams, including Communities, Customer Services, Elections, Private Sector Housing and Property Information.
Cllr Colin Hedgley, Chairman of East Suffolk Council said: “Our apprenticeship scheme is always very popular and offers a route into employment with plenty of additional benefits. We are committed to offering local young people opportunities to grow and fulfil their potential and with this in mind, we felt it was important to continue with the scheme, even during these uncertain times.
“More than 80% of our apprentices stay on with the Council once their apprenticeship is complete and continue to have long and varied careers in local government. I would encourage anyone interested to apply for these exciting opportunities.”
Apprenticeships roles offer a host of benefits, including a fully funded qualification, invaluable workplace skills, training and development opportunities and generous annual leave entitlements.
Applications close on 12 July and due to the current situation, interviews will take place virtually. Successful applicants will start in September, although this will be regularly reviewed to reflect the latest government guidance.
The apprenticeship scheme gives young people a clear pathway from education into work and teaches them key skills which are essential for employment, such as questioning and listening, giving feedback and managing relationships. The scheme also benefits existing council staff by developing their supervisory and management skills, as well as enabling them to become mentors.
After their apprenticeship is complete, the apprentices are encouraged to apply for alternative roles within the Council. This gives them the opportunity to secure permanent employment and also creates a vacancy for a new apprentice.