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National Apprenticeship Week 2015

Posted on 2nd March, 2015 by Lincoln Against Poverty

Opening doors for 20 years – climb the ladder with City of Lincoln Council.

Apprentices at City of Lincoln Council have taken the lead to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this month.

The council’s apprentices have taken it upon themselves to organise an open day to mark the week, which runs from March 9 to 13.

This event, which is open to the public, will take place in City Hall on Thursday, March 12.

Around 20 apprentices will be on hand throughout the day to offer information and insight about apprenticeships, alongside a cake sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

During the open day, which will run from 10am until 4.30pm, apprentices will give their own presentations about the apprenticeship scheme and their experiences.

The event, which is part of the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, will also mark the twentieth anniversary of the apprenticeship scheme at the city council.

Jane Newman, Work Based Learning Manager, said: “This year is the city council’s twentieth anniversary of starting the apprenticeship scheme, which has gone from strength to strength.

“It has helped us to grow our own, drastically change our age profile, succession planning and engaging with young people in different ways. Young people bring vibrancy to the council and enable new ideas and developments to be considered and used as part of the consultation process.

“Our apprentices are always promoting opportunities and the chance to earn and learn. The open day will raise awareness and give our learners the chance to meet potential apprentices, parents and those who want to see what they really do and how it is a positive route to a career.”

The week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Alex Walker, Work Based Learning Apprentice, said: “From finishing my Level 2 qualification at another company, the opportunity to progress on to a Level 3 with the city council has given me the chance to further enhance my skills and experience.

“Colleagues and assessors have been really helpful in supporting me with my NVQ.”

Andrew Dobson, Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour Apprentice, said: “I’ve found that since the beginning of my apprenticeship it has opened endless doors to opportunities and development.”

Chantelle Greenfield, Work Based Learning Apprentice, said: “Starting an apprenticeship at the city council was the best decision I have made. I have been able to achieve things I wasn’t able to do at school and gain qualifications.

“The Work Based Learning team are so supportive and help you every step of your NVQ. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I would recommend it to anyone.”

National Apprenticeship Week poster