Celebrating our apprentices this National Apprenticeship Week 2024

We are proud to support the 17th National Apprenticeship Week, a week-long celebration of apprenticeships and the values, benefits and opportunities that they bring.

This year, the theme for National Apprenticeship Week is 'Skills for Life,' highlighting how apprenticeships can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future-ready skills.

We are proud to have approximately 173 active apprentices across the council, participating in various apprenticeship programs, including our most popular in business administration and data analysis, as well as Urban Driver, electrical, and horticulture apprenticeships.

As an organisation that values apprenticeships for both existing employees and specific apprenticeship roles, we’ll be taking this opportunity to showcase our apprentices on social media, sharing inspiring stories and real-life testimonials. You can follow us on Facebook to read more about our apprentice’s experiences throughout the week.

Here's a glimpse of some of the testimonials we've received from our apprentices:

Charlie, Electrical Apprentice:
“I’ve learned great skills for life in this apprenticeship which I intend to keep throughout my career, like skills in working safely, recognising dangers on sites, and keeping alert at all times. With this apprenticeship it’s possible for me to become a fully qualified electrician, which will lead to me having great skills and knowledge in this department which I see myself being in the next five years.”

Kay, Urban Driver Apprentice:
“I have recently started the Urban Driver apprenticeship, where I will be able to achieve my Category C licence and will give me experience in driving class C or bigger vehicles, to increase my skills and drive permanently for the council in the future. The apprenticeship and licence really can open opportunities up to me that wouldn't be possible without it. I'm really grateful to the council for giving me this opportunity and excited to see where my future career takes me.”

Charlie, Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprentice:
“With my apprenticeship working on the High Street Heritage Action Zone, I have a better understanding of how projects are managed, and the complications projects can run into.”

Cllr Robert Frost, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core Services, said: “I am immensely proud of the positive impact our apprenticeship program has had on learners, past and present. We want everyone in Barnsley to be the best they can be, and apprenticeships play a significant role in that.”

“Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity for individuals to gain valuable skills and knowledge while earning a qualification, often serving as a pathway to employment and lifelong learning for learners. It also provides existing employees with the opportunity to grow and advance in their careers.”

Follow our #NAW2024 social media campaign to hear more from our inspiring apprentices on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Interested in pursuing an apprenticeship? To learn more about apprenticeships or stay up to date with available opportunities and roles, please visit our apprenticeship webpage. You can also set up alerts on our job vacancy page to find out when new apprentice roles become available.

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