There has never been a better time to find out about apprenticeship opportunities at Calderdale Council than through National Apprenticeship week, running from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 March.
Calderdale Council has a large number of apprentice opportunities available, across a range of services from sports and leisure to finance and social care. The apprenticeships are available in both level 2 and level 3 roles, allowing successful applicants to gain valuable work experience while gaining a recognised qualification. Apprentices can also progress to higher apprenticeships which are equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Use of Resources, Cllr Geraldine Carter, said:
“Apprenticeships are a really good opportunity for young people. Not only do they gain new skills and get a great deal of experience in the workplace, they can often result in long term employment. We’re currently recruiting apprentices across a wide range of Council services, and there are plenty of opportunities to combine working and learning.”
As part of the national change to improve skills and extend learning, Raising Participation Age (RPA) means that young people now have to stay in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. Applying for an apprenticeship is just one of the brilliant options available to young people.
Dale Hipperson, a current level 5 apprentice in the Workforce Development Team commented:
“I am enjoying my apprenticeship with Calderdale Council. The job gives me the chance to learn practical workplace skills while I am studying for my HR qualifications. It is giving me the experience of working in a busy team environment while I am gaining the skills and experience that a lot of companies want when they are looking for staff. An apprenticeship will increase the chance of me getting a full time job and it was great not having to choose between education and a job but being able to do both.”
Young people in Calderdale are invited to find out about exciting apprenticeship opportunities available when they leave school by visiting the Calderdale Council Apprentices page – http://jobs.calderdale.gov.uk/apprenticeships. The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 March.