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Newark and Sherwood District Council apprentice successes highlighted as part of Future First Expo

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Since 2010, Newark and Sherwood District Council has supported more than 90 apprenticeships starting at different levels, from level two (GCSE) to level seven (degree).

Around 70% of their apprentices have secured positions within the council on completion of their apprenticeships.

It values the positive impact apprenticeships have on staff, employers and the economy; and they offer exciting opportunities for those looking to start, change or further their careers, bringing fresh and diverse ideas to the council.

Newark and Sherwood District Council apprentice Alison Thomas. (52468427)
Newark and Sherwood District Council apprentice Alison Thomas. (52468427)

Over the last year, even during the covid-19 pandemic, the council has welcomed several apprentices into various teams, including economic growth and the visitor economy, administrative services, ICT and digital, public protection, transport and housing, health and well-being, and planning development.

Abbey Orrey joined the housing, health and well-being team as a housing income management apprentice.

She said: “I started my apprenticeship because I had no idea what I was doing with my life and was in between small jobs.

“I wanted to do more with my life and explore new possibilities and experiences.

“I love the team I work with and the environment around me. The work environment is business focused, while not being boring. We have a laugh and all support one another and it’s just such a positive environment to work in.”

There are many benefits to an apprenticeship, including the opportunity to gain real-world working experience while studying, making it an excellent opportunity for school leavers or those wanting to start something new or further their careers.

Will Parkinson joined the council as an economic growth and tourism apprentice earlier this year.

Newark and Sherwood District Council apprentice Will Parkinson (52468445)
Newark and Sherwood District Council apprentice Will Parkinson (52468445)

He said: “I enjoy being able to work with a fantastic team on a variety of exciting projects across the district. Every day feels like a new experience and the role has helped me develop skills I did not previously know I had.”

Apprenticeships serve as a great way to develop and learn vital skills in a supportive atmosphere.

Jasmine Ross was recruited into the administrative services team as the business administration apprentice, providing support to business units across the council.

Newark and Sherwood District Council apprentice Jasmine Ross (52468434)
Newark and Sherwood District Council apprentice Jasmine Ross (52468434)

Jasmine said: “I had just finished college and wasn’t sure what to do for my next step. I wasn’t ready for university and I found the apprenticeship here in business admin. It seemed super interesting, as well as a great step towards building my future.

“It’s been great to learn but also be working in an office environment at the same time. I have learnt so much in just under six weeks here and there’s never a dull day, there’s always new things to do and to learn. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.”

Caroline Glass, the council’s business manager for human resources and training, said: “Apprentices are a vital part of the workforce.

“Apprenticeships offer the chance for people to gain real-life experience in a number of job roles and we invest heavily in them, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and experience to thrive in the workplace.

“It’s great to see people develop the confidence and skills that allow them to flourish in their working lives and it’s been a pleasure for me to watch our apprentices secure permanent roles and progress within their chosen professions within the organisation.”

For more information on the council’s apprenticeship vacancies and how to apply, go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk or www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

Application forms for all vacancies are available by calling human resources on 01636 655220 or emailing personnel@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

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