Council takes on largest number of apprentices
Flintshire County Council has welcomed 35 new apprentices.
The new recruits met the Chief Executive, Colin Everett, on an induction day at the Council's Learning and Development Academy at Coleg Cambria, Northop.
A number of apprentices are recruited each year to develop professional skills as a start in their careers in areas including business, accountancy, ICT, countryside, sports development and libraries. This year's cohort includes an apprentice who will be based at Theatr Clwyd, working on set construction while learning trades such as joinery and plumbing.
The apprentices usually attend college one day a week to gain industry recognised qualifications while gaining valuable experience working for the council and earning a salary.
Learning and Development has also employed a graduate in Management, safeguarding and Social Services who will be able to continue her Masters qualification while working in a profession.
Apprentices also volunteer to take part in community events and this year they will take part in a new digital literacy initiative, visiting Flintshire establishments such as residential homes to help residents become more familiar with computers, laptops and mobile phones.
Colin Everett, Chief Executive, said:
"It's always a pleasure to welcome our apprentices and I wish them all the best as they start their journey into employment. Many of our past apprentices have gone on to enjoy successful careers in their chosen trades and professions. The fact that 96% of those on our scheme gain employment or places in higher education at the end of their apprenticeship is testament to the programme and our partnership with Coleg Cambria."