Hampshire County Council’s annual Investors in Young People Awards ceremony has given special recognition to five of the County Council’s very best apprentices and trainees.
The Awards recognise young people employed through the Authority’s Youth Investment Programme, for their drive and commitment to the work of the County Council. They also recognise other employers and the County Council’s teams that have provided good support for trainees and apprentices, across Hampshire.
The County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, said: “Hampshire County Council values its young trainees and apprentices very highly indeed, and we are very proud to see them achieving so much.
“I would encourage other employers to take the opportunity to help shape the future of their organisation by taking on apprentices and trainees; and I offer my best wishes to all the young people who are working hard to learn new skills and familiarise themselves with the working world. I believe they have a bright future ahead of them.”
Also receiving awards were the best mentors and teams which have supported young people in training roles at the County Council, as well as local organisations which are particularly welcoming to young career-seekers. This year’s winning apprentices and supporters were:
• The Chairman’s Award 2017: Ewan McCormick (17) from Southampton, who worked in the Adult Services Community Reablement Team, helping people to become independent again after a hospital stay;
• Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2017: Alex Cowton (18) from Waterlooville, who worked in the Library Service;
• Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2017: Abbie Long (20) from Bishopstoke, who also worked in the Community Reablement Team;
• First Trainee of the Year 2017: Louise Holloway (19) from Eastleigh;
• Trainee of the Year 2017: Lewis Farr (17) from Andover, who worked in the Adult Services Community Response Team, helping to ensure people have access to the equipment they need to maintain their independence;
• Mentor of the Year 2017: Kerry Haley, who is an administrator in the Culture, Communities and Business Services Department, and has provided excellent support to apprentices in her team.
Presenting Ewan with the his Award was the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Graham Burgess, who said: “I would like to add my personal congratulations to Ewan particularly, and to all of the young people who have been honoured through these awards. It is hugely encouraging to see young people clearly making the most of the opportunity they have been given through our trainee programme and apprenticeship scheme. I am so pleased that the County Council is able to play such an important role in opening the door for young people to get on the path to a career and, I would hope, a lifetime of fulfilling employment.”
Praised for the supportive way they have managed apprentices and trainees as part of their team were:
• Apprenticeship Team of the Year: Hampshire Workstyle, a County Council team that is making more efficient use of office spaces across the Authority, to reduce costs; and
• Traineeship Team of the Year 2017: Balfour Beatty – contractors who have supported a number of trainees in their offices, to learn business administration. The company was noted for its work in tailoring the programme to each young person, working to their strengths and helping to improve their weaker areas.
Two Portsmouth-based employers were also presented with awards at the ceremony: the Mary Rose Museum, and Formaplex (a manufacturer of tools and component parts). Each was presented with a Hampshire Investor in Young People Award, for their individual schemes supporting young career-seekers with work experience, internships, and through outreach work in schools.
Apprenticeships are paid jobs that include training for industry-recognised qualifications. More than 80 new apprentices joined the County Council last year, and that number is expected to rise this year.
Traineeships are for young people who need help to prepare for an apprenticeship. They involve training in key skills, such as maths and English, and extensive work experience placements. Although traineeships are unpaid, there are bursaries available to some trainees, depending on their circumstances. Around 60 new trainees are expected to join Hampshire County Council over the next year.
Training for apprentices and trainees at the County Council is provided by Hampshire Futures, the Authority’s service to young people. Hampshire Futures offers new career options, learning opportunities and advice to teenagers and young adults who are planning their future. Find out more about apprenticeships and traineeships at www.hants.gov.uk/yourfuture
To enquire about apprenticeships or traineeships, or to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01962 846193.