Published: Friday, 3rd February 2023
The borough council is joining local employers and apprentices to shine a light on the positive impact that apprentices make during National Apprenticeship Week, 6 to 12 February 2023.
Borough council apprentices will be sharing their experiences and discussing how they have benefited with anyone interested in the scheme at an open morning at King’s Lynn Jobcentre, 30-34 Broad Street, on Wednesday 8 February between 10am and 12noon.
The theme this year is ‘Skills for Life’, reflecting how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and help businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.
Lucy McDowie, who is studying a Level 4 Associate Project Manager, said: “This has given me the opportunity to study alongside working and has make learning attainable for me again as I can juggle it with work and family commitments. Apprenticeships offer a flexible delivery method with taught sessions and work-specific content which is related to my job. I would advise anyone to embark on an apprenticeship.”
Matthew Rose, who is studying Level 3 Business Administration, added: “It has given me a good start for the career path I want to take and being in an office environment while doing my apprenticeship has allowed me to gain lots of knowledge on the systems and processes that are used in my department.”
Borough council apprentices will be sharing their experiences and discussing how they have benefited with anyone interested in the scheme at an open morning at King’s Lynn Jobcentre, 30-34 Broad Street, on Wednesday 8 February between 10am and 12noon. the King’s Court office in King’s Lynn.
Cllr Stuart Dark MBE, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “As a council we encourage lifelong learning and an apprenticeship scheme is an excellent way of achieving career progression and motivation for individuals.
“I’ve met young school leavers and higher level staff, who have worked at the council for many years, who benefit from apprenticeships. The schemes improve our workforce.
“Because of our positive experience we would encourage other local employers to consider developing their own apprenticeship scheme.”
Lorraine Gore, Chief Executive of the borough council, added: “The council-run apprenticeships provide opportunities for individuals to access training for qualifications and develop relevant work-based skills across a wide range of the council’s activities.
“These apprenticeships have proved very successful for us as an employer over the last 11 years as we gain trained and highly motivated staff. Equally important, these apprenticeships have provided a route for individuals to achieve personal development and work-based skills and we are proud of what our apprentices have achieved and what they bring to the organisation.”
This is part of the campaign that has been run by the East of England Local Government Association since 2017.