Success for council apprentices

Wealden District Council's apprentices SUS-150925-172359001
Wealden District Council's apprentices SUS-150925-172359001

A presentation ceremony was held at Wealden District Council’s Civic Community Hall last week to mark the successful completion of the first year of Wealden District Council’s Apprenticeship Scheme.

Celebrating the success of the six apprentices who are due to complete their Business Administration Intermediate Apprenticeships at the end of September, the occasion was attended by various members of the council and Sussex Downs College principal and chief executive Mike Hopkins.

Rebecca Matthews, assessor and trainer at Sussex Downs College, said: “I have had the pleasure of working closely with all six apprentices at Wealden and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and develop in the teams they have worked within.”

The apprentices have gained a breadth of experience during their 13-month apprenticeship, working in Wealden’s Housing, Finance, Revenues and Benefits, Legal & Democratic, Waste Management and Planning services.

Rebecca added: “It would appear to be a different set of six students in the training room from those that started all of those 13 months ago.”

Wealden District Council’s chief executive Charlie Lant agreed, saying: “Wealden District Council are proud of all of our apprentices and employers should know these apprentices have proven their honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and commitment throughout their 13 months.

“They have been a benefit to us and fulfilled key roles within various departments, accomplishing our aim to provide transferable employability skills for the future.”

Council Leader, Councillor Robert Standley, who opened the presentation, said: “The apprenticeship scheme has been a clear commitment by the council to lead by example and encourages local firms to take an apprentice and equip them with the transferable skills that enhance the job opportunities for young adults in Wealden. Through working in partnership with Sussex Downs College, Wealden District Council has been able to play its part in providing the young people of our community with the skills necessary for employability. ”

Apprentice Rebecca Gillett who was placed in the Revenues and Benefits department has been offered full-time employment with the council. She said: “This scheme has been a wonderful experience and has led to me accepting a full-time position as a customer account support officer.”

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