A Tees council has smashed a Government target by taking on its 100th apprentice – and now more vacancies are available.
Jake West, 17, is learning to be an electrician with Redcar and Cleveland Council and his appointment means the Council has exceeded the Government target introduced last year that the authority should have 74 apprentices.
There are now opportunities for more young people who wish to become apprentices at the local authority, with applications accepted from Monday (September 24).
New apprentices will have the chance to gain nationally-recognised qualifications in Customer Services (libraries and contact centre), Clean and Green (environmental) Services, Business Administration, Highways (road maintenance) and Finance.
Jake, from Stockton, explained that he had left school last year and went on to Middlesbrough College before deciding he wanted to get more experience with a trade.
He said: “I’m very much enjoying the apprenticeship and I’m learning a lot. I’m only in my second week but the lads that I work with are fantastic. I’d like to thank the Council for giving me this experience and opportunity.”
His mentor, Andy Nicholson, said: “There are several of us mentoring Jake at the moment. He’s doing very well and asks a lot of questions, which is a good thing. He’s very enthusiastic and I think he’ll do very well and go far.”
Councillor Craig Hannaway, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “Good luck to Jake and all our apprentices. You can’t beat hands on, real life experience at work and I’m delighted that this scheme is such a success and that we are able to offer another 30 roles.
“If there’s any employer out there in a position to offer an apprenticeship I would urge them to get in touch with us.”