National Apprenticeship Week in Sandwell culminates in opening the doors of the council chambers at the Council House in Oldbury on Thursday (9 March) to anyone interested in starting an apprenticeship.
Apprentices currently working for the council and the council’s employment team will be on hand to chat to anyone interested in signing up for an apprenticeship from 2.30pm until 6.30pm.
From this May, apprenticeships will be opened up to people aged 16 and over – not just young people. The council will be taking on hundreds more apprentices under the Government’s apprenticeship levy scheme.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic investment Councillor Paul Moore said: “We have helped more than 800 young people find apprenticeships and jobs in the council and with local companies over the past four and a half years.
“An apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn, giving you great experience and the chance of a great career in all sorts of areas – ranging from admin and customer service to horticulture, mechanics and more.”
Apprentice Callum Hixon, aged 16 from Tipton, left school with A to C grades at GCSE. He applied for more than 40 apprenticeships and he now works in the council’s Council Tax team processing discounts.
Within a matter of months he was meeting 100% of his targets and impressing his manager. He’s also helping the council to improve how quickly new claims are processed.
Callum said: “I am really enjoying the job and feeling I am making great progress. I’d love to get a permanent job here when I finish my apprenticeship”.
To apply online and find out more about apprenticeships with the council and local employers go to the apprenticeship vacancies webpage or call 0121 569 2099.