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Friday 7 March 2014

Council celebrates success of its own scheme during National Apprenticeship Week


Cheshire East Council’s apprentices are flying the flag for National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 March) after figures showed that 19 apprentices secured a position with the council or one of its partner organisations last year, while another 23 went on to secure well paid positions in the private sector. 

Cheshire East’s award-winning A-Team apprenticeship scheme sees between 50-60 young people taken on by the council at any one time. Recruitment takes place throughout the year.

Current apprentices will be offering potential recruits advice and guidance at the Youth Support Centres in Crewe on Wednesday (5 March) and at Macclesfield on Friday (7 March) and exhibiting at the Barclays Careers Event on Thursday (6 March) at Radbrook Hall.

Cheshire East Council’s A-Team Apprenticeship Scheme has between 50-60 apprentices at any one time.  Recruitment takes place throughout the year and the scheme offers a diverse range of opportunities including business administration, customer services, finance, social media, childcare, horticulture and agriculture. 

Council Leader Michael Jones explained: “Cheshire East has a commitment to growing its own workforce by actively supporting apprenticeships. Having talented young people come in at the shop floor and work their way up gives them enormous insight into how the organisation works.

“It’s a highly-competitive scheme, but in return for the fantastic opportunities we can offer highly-motivated, hard-working young people, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Cllr Barry Moran, the council’s executive member for performance, added: “Young people bring a new and fresh perspective to the workforce and as staff retire we want to make sure those skills and expertise are passed on to ensure continued excellent service delivery to our residents. “

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