To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, apprentices from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and the North York Moors National Park swapped jobs to showcase the advantages of an apprenticeship.
Working at each organisation’s regular patches, Kirkleatham Museum and Scaling Dam, the apprentices – aged between 16 and 24 – undertook a training programme they would only ever get doing an apprenticeship.
Being able to work with their counter parts at North York Moors National Park was a positive experience for the council’s apprentices as it is not something they would regularly get their teeth into around the borough.
From hedge-laying at Kirkleatham to improving almost impassable footpaths surrounding Scaling Dam, all the apprentices could appreciate that the hands-on experience would put them in pole position coming out of their training scheme delivered by Prior Pursglove College.
With more than two million apprenticeships started since 2010, becoming an apprentice is becoming an increasingly popular route for young people who favour practical, on the job training, to academic, classroom-based learning.
Cllr Barry Hunt, who met both organisations’ apprentices at Scaling Dam, said: “What a pleasure it was being with these apprentices.
“They are a great set of people and I wish them all well plus they all seem very focused on what the future holds for them. Thank you also to all the people that work hard to get these people jobs; they are a very dedicated group.”
Cllr Ron Harrison, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “The council has more than 350 apprentices learning in the workplace.
“We believe that going down the apprenticeship route is a very credible alternative to further education and it helps our young people find full time work.
“With both sets of apprentices being able to swap work places for a day, it showed them that the skills they are learning can be applied to similar organisations.”