Brushing Up The Boardroom Skills For National Apprentice WeekHampshire County Council is gearing up for National Apprenticeship Week, with exciting opportunities planned for some of the Authority’s 95 apprentices who are starting out on their ‘rise to the top’.

The theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Rising to the Top’. A number of County Council apprentices will test out their presenting skills in front of senior managers from across the County Council, gaining valuable experience and feedback for their future careers. A lucky few will also be job-swapping with senior officers in the County Council – getting a taste of what is involved in running a £2 billion public service.

Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar said: “Our Youth Investment Programme is going extremely well and it’s great to see so many apprentices in the organisation. From talking to them, it’s clear that they place a high value on the skills they are learning, in terms of personal development, educational achievement and professional learning. I congratulate them on their enthusiasm and dedication, and wish them every success as they continue their apprenticeships and begin to build their careers.

“I would urge employers to consider the value that apprentices can bring to a business. They are enthusiastic, full of ideas and keen to learn. I also hope that more young people will consider the opportunities provided by apprenticeships, which nowadays are very wide-ranging, and can offer a good start up the career ladder.”

The County Council is committed to providing 1,000 youth employment opportunities by 2018, including 850 apprenticeships, as part of its Youth Investment Programme. Apprenticeships have already been made available in a range of areas including catering, countryside and engineering.

A group of nine Business Administration Apprentices from the County Council are currently going head-to-head with other apprentice teams from employers across the country, in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016. You can follow the team’s experiences on Twitter @HCCApprentices, or by searching for the hashtag #BAC2016.

Further information for employers considering taking on an apprentice can be found at: www.hants.gov.uk/apprenticeships. For young people interested in applying for an apprenticeship, there is more information at: www.hants.gov.uk/youth-apprenticeships-guide.

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