The Chief Executive of Mansfield District Council, Adam Hill, has hailed the authority’s trainees as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

In a seminar at the Civic Centre this week (8 February), for council managers and leaders to learn more about apprenticeships and the benefits of life-long learning, he said: “Mansfield District Council is a learning organisation where our people are our most valuable asset.

“Through schemes such as apprenticeships we can develop and retain talented employees, utilise new skills and provide quality career paths.

“Today we shared our experience of apprenticeship schemes and encouraged managers and leaders to help us to continually develop the workforce and give opportunities for those wanting to progress in the public sector.”

Adam was joined by three of the council’s apprentices at the seminar:

– James Biddlestone, the Head of People and Transformation who has recently completed and advanced level seven apprenticeship in Strategic Management

– Emily Mclauchlan, a Digital Trainee who has been an apprentice at Mansfield District Council for over five years and is due to complete her level six Digital Marketing qualification next year

– Megan Nelson, who is now a HR Advisor having successfully completed an apprenticeship.

Since 2012, the council has recruited 75 apprentices with 101 apprenticeship programmes delivered; 26 have been employees completing an apprenticeship at levels ranging from level 2-7 as part of their personal development, with a 100 percent pass rate achieved for all apprentices undertaking End Point Assessments.

This year, the council will expand its apprentice scheme, offering positions within its Housing, Governance, IT, Legal, Planning, and Cultural Services departments. 

The Government-backed National Apprenticeship Week runs from 6 to 12 February to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to both employees and employers.

The council is using the campaign to showcase this kind of training and education option as part of the authority’s wider strategy to raise the aspirations of local people and boost regeneration and prosperity in the district.

It is promoting success stories, events, training opportunities and career pathways during the week on its social media channels, as well as myth-busting, to encourage local people and businesses to take advantage of the support and opportunities open to them.

There is more information about apprenticeships on the council website here
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