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PEO­PLE aged from 16 to 60 can be an ap­pren­tice at Bucks County Coun­cil if they are try­ing to step on the ca­reer lad­der or are plan­ning a ca­reer switch.

The coun­cil is cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties to take the num­ber of its ap­pren­tices this sum­mer to around 30.

Cor­po­rate train­ing ad­vi­sor at the coun­cil Caro­line High said: “Peo­ple tend to think of ap­pren­tice­ships in terms of young peo­ple com­ing in at en­try level, but ap­pren­tice­ships are also open to un­qual­i­fied staff look­ing for ca­reer pro­gres­sion.

“It’s in our in­ter­ests for Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil to of­fer more ap­pren­tice­ships, as a way of re­cov­er­ing some of the money we are re­quired to pay into the Gov­ern­ment’s new na­tional levy. For ev­ery ap­pren­tice we hire, we can ap­ply to re­claim some of this money to fund their train­ing.”

Of­fi­cers also hope to use fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment levy to pay for train­ing schemes for ex­ist­ing staff, who may want to re­train, and this will help solve some spe­cific skills short­ages across the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Cab­i­net mem­ber for re­sources at the coun­cil John Chil­ver said: “An ap­pren­tice­ship with the County Coun­cil can open lots of dif­fer­ent routes into some re­ally in­ter­est­ing ca­reers. We are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing our staff and want to see peo­ple con­tin­u­ing to gain skills while at work and have bet­ter pro­gres­sion.”

Those who want to ap­ply can visit http://jobs. buckscc.gov.uk/job-ar­eas/ ap­pren­tice­ships.

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