National Apprentice Week, which is running from 5 to 9 March 2018, has been running for 11 years and is a great opportunity for school-leavers, or anyone above the age of 16 years, to explore apprenticeships as a prospective ladder to a great career.
An apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to train while you work, providing you with the skills, experience and valuable knowledge to succeed in a chosen career path. There are a range of industries that offer apprenticeships, and on completion, you receive a certificate that is equivalent to a qualification (ranging from GCSE level up to degree level).
West Devon Borough Council has helped a number of young people over the years to shape their future careers through apprenticeships within its departments. The apprentices have ranged in age and experience.
Although a permanent job is not guaranteed after an apprenticeship, a number of the individuals who have passed through Council apprenticeships have gone on to fill positions on a fixed contract or permanent basis.
Cllr Chris Edmonds, Lead Member for Resources and Performance at West Devon Borough Council said: "Apprenticeships have been a part of the Council in some shape or form for many years, and we have always tried to encourage managers to take apprentices on where possible.
"With the way the government now funds apprenticeships, we have more scope to explore the possibility of making degree-level apprenticeships available in areas such as Planning, Engineering and Environmental Health.
"Apprenticeships are an important part of developing our future workforce and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our current offering."
Mollie Deimert was part of the Council's apprenticeship programme in 2017 and is now a contract employee on the Customer Services team.
Mollie said: "My apprenticeship helped me so much with my Customer Service studies. I had real life customer service examples to use in my course work. In turn, I was able to then use my coursework to make improvements to my job.
"I'm so happy to have employment with the Council and I hope that I can develop myself further with them."
Apprenticeships with the Council are advertised on the website and the National Apprenticeship website, when they become available. Keep an eye out by visiting www.westdevon.gov.uk