APPRENTICESHIPS ON OFFER FOR 16 TO 60 YEAR OLDS
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.