Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

Published: 06 March 2018

Slough Borough Council is celebrating the huge contribution apprentices make to the council as part of National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2018), which runs from 5 to 9 March 2018.

The council currently has 18 apprentices working across a range of services including Adult Social Care, Active Slough and Young People Services. A further seven apprentices are also working with Arvato, the council’s transactional services partner, and, Osborne the council’s housing repairs, maintenance and investment partner takes on up to 10 apprentices each year who work towards NVQ level 2 and beyond. They also offer 6 further apprenticeships to employees looking to gain new qualifications and further their careers.

Apprentices usually join the council between the ages of 16 and 18 after finishing school. They gain valuable experience in working for the council while studying for a diploma in business administration or customer service. Lots of apprentices once they have gained their qualifications, then go on to apply and get employment in the council.

The theme for the #NAW2018 is ‘apprenticeships work’, showcasing how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, the community and wider economy.

During the week, apprentices at the council will be shadowing senior managers to gain a wider understanding of their manager’s roles and responsibilities and how the work of the apprentices fit into this.

They will also be sharing their stories and selfies on social media under the #WorksForMe, to promote apprenticeships and talk about how apprenticeships work.

Gurtej Bansal is a business administration apprentice at the council. He said: “This apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to learn and gain many new skills as well as qualifications whilst earning along the way.

“It has allowed me to begin a career pathway within the organisation which hopefully I can carry on into a fulltime job.”

Cllr Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, said: “Apprenticeship schemes offer hands-on training giving our apprentices a real chance to put their skills into practice and helping them gain more confidence in a working environment.

“Our apprenticeship scheme has gone from strength to strength over the years and many of the apprentices have gone on to get a job with us after their placement.

“Not everyone wants to go to university and these placements are a great opportunity to get an insight in the working world, while also gaining a qualification.”

The council has run a successful apprenticeship scheme for more than 13 years and applications for 2018/19 will soon be open.

They are recruiting more than 20 apprentices in partnership with Arvato, where vacancies include business administration apprenticeships and customer service apprenticeships.

Young people aged 16-18, who live in Slough, can apply, taking on two six month placements in different areas of the council.

They receive a wage while learning valuable skills on the job and studying towards a Diploma in Business Administration or Customer Service.

Vacancies for apprenticeships starting in September will open on Friday 4 May.

Applications must be submitted by 31 May and there will be an assessment centre during the week of 25 June, with the placement starting on 13 September.

Anyone interested in applying should email apprenticeships@slough.gov.uk to request a recruitment pack.