Fresh drive on apprentices

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A fresh recruitment drive is underway as part of Derbyshire County Council’s on-going campaign to create 500 apprenticeships by 2016.

The authority has placed more than 100 apprentices since launching the push at the beginning of last year.

Now, a number of new placements will be advertised at two recruitment events which are being hosted to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 11 -15.

The new career opportunities include a vacancy for a Highways Laboratory Technician at Ambergate along with a host of other jobs across the county.

They will be advertised at events at County Hall, Matlock on Friday March 15 from 4-7pm and Chesterfield College from 4.30pm-7.30pm on Thursday, March 14.

Business Administration apprentice Chloe Moore, who was recruited in the last wave of placements, said: “I applied for the apprenticeship as I wanted to gain a qualification in Business Administration as well as being in a working environment.

“Throughout the period of time with Derbyshire County Council I have gained experience and knowledge and this has led to me getting a permanent position with them.”

Apprentice Charlotte Haslam, 22, who has now completed her NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration and gone on to secure a permanent position as a Business Services Assistant also benefited from the scheme.

“Learning skills while actually being in a relevant, working position has really agreed with me,” she said.

“I wanted a career I could progress in and my A level and now my Apprenticeship has certainly given me that.”

Kevin Parkinson, county council cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We’re here to improve life for local people and these placements give hard-working young people of all backgrounds and learning and physical abilities a great start to their career by helping them to gain skills.

“It benefits the local area and businesses too as we’re helping create skilled and valuable employees in Derbyshire.

“We’re looking forward to filling these places – and more will be offered later this year – so anyone interested should find out more about the exciting opportunities on offer.”

Other apprenticeships include Business Administration, Audit and Civil Engineering based at Matlock; recycling promotions based at Darley Dale and a countryside warden vacancy at Clay Cross.

Anyone interested in applying for the latest apprenticeship opportunities can go online at www.chesterfield.ac.uk/dcc-apprenticeships or call Simon Gleadall on 01629 535 850.