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County Council's Cabinet Scrutiny Committee to review progress of apprenticeship scheme
The success of Norfolk County Council's internal apprenticeship scheme is being looked at by the Council's Cabinet Scrutiny Committee next week (Tuesday 21 January).
The report outlines the progress and outcomes to date of the scheme which was established in July 2012 to improve the employability and skills of young people in Norfolk by providing paid workplace experience and access to apprenticeship qualifications.
In November 2012, the County Council started to recruit 30 apprentices aged between 16 and 24 who might otherwise find it difficult to gain employment.
In the last year, 30 apprentices have been appointed (21 formerly unemployed, 3 temporary workers and 6 school/college leavers) of which 29 have been retained and 8 completers have already made a successful transition into the workplace.
To date, 10 apprentices have completed their contracts. Seven of the 10, who have undertaken apprenticeships in Business Administration and ICT, have already secured temporary employment. Luke Keegan, 19, from Little Plumstead is one of them who has now stgarted his new role in Learning and Development at Norfolk County Council. Luke explains why the apprenticeships route has been good for him: "My initial plans after achieving 3 A-levels was to attend university, but the realisation of the raised degree fees was off-putting and would have always been at the back of my mind.
"Whilst examining the alternatives I discovered the recent promotion of apprenticeships in Norfolk, and the chance to gain a mix of hands on experience with a reputable employer, along with an industry recognised qualification, appealed to me. With the support and encouragement of colleagues from the Employment and Skills Team within Children's Services, I have achieved a level 3 NVQ in Business and Administration. My whole apprenticeship experience has been very positive and has given me much more self confidence and equipped me for the world of work."
Cabinet Scrutiny Committee meets in public and the agenda papers are available online at www.norfolk.gov.uk
The next meeting is at 10am on Tuesday 21 January in the Edwards Room, County Hall, Norwich.