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06 March 2017

Council launches search for new apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week will see Cumbria County Council launch a new campaign to recruit almost 40 apprentices across the county. And the council’s current apprentices are front and centre.

The campaign will launch across social media on Monday and focuses on the quality of training and support offered, the breadth of opportunity at the council and the difference our apprentices make to the county and its residents.

Apprenticeships will be available in social care roles, the council’s highways team and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service amongst others.

The campaign features five current or recent apprentices, talking about their experiences and why they’d recommend a council apprenticeship to other young people.

They include motor vehicle and repair apprentice Beth Luck, the first female ever to work in our Skirsgill garage, ex-professional footballer Jamie Street now studying project management, 19 year old civil engineering technician apprentice Keaton Barlow, Anna Sewell providing business administration support for the fire and rescue service in Barrow, and Ellie Percival who recently completed her apprenticeship and secured a job as a child and family worker.

As well as recruiting to the available posts, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the county council as an employer after research showed that many young people had low awareness of the size of the county council and the range of services it provides.

Cllr Barry Doughty, Cabinet Member for Workforce Development, said:

“The council is committed to apprenticeships and is making a big effort to develop our offer. Many people don’t realise how big an organisation we are and the huge range of what we do – from business administration to road building. An apprenticeship with us provides one of the best possible starts to a career, indeed in the last five years over 93% of our apprentices have secured a permanent job or progressed further higher education. I’d urge anyone thinking about their future to look at the apprenticeships we have available."

Beth Luck, 17, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Apprentice. From Penrith, works at Skirsgill Depot.

Keaton Barlow, 19, Civil Engineering Technician Apprentice. From Wigton, works at Parkhouse Building, Carlisle.

Ellie Percival, 21, ex-apprentice now working as a Child and Family Support Worker at Botcherby Family Centre in Carlisle.

Jamie Street, 23, ex-apprentice now working as Business Administrator while completing his Project management qualification. From Australia works at Cumbria House, Carlisle.

Anna Sewell, 18, Business Administration Apprentice. Lives in Barrow, works at Barrow Fire Station.

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National Apprenticeship Week will see Cumbria County Council launch a new campaign to recruit almost 40 apprentices across the county. And the council’s current apprentices are front and centre.