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National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week is the annual celebration of apprenticeships.

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It shines a light on the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country and recognises how employers of all sizes have stepped up to the challenge during this unprecedented time. 

West Berkshire Council is continuing to support and offer apprenticeships during the pandemic.

This makes it the only Berkshire council to have met its public sector target for the number of apprentices employed for 2019-20. The council has already signed up 56 apprentices in the current year.

The government target requires the council to have apprenticeship placements equivalent to 2.3% of the council's headcount (including maintained schools) which equates to 114 apprenticeships.

Joanne Stewart, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Internal Governance, said: 

"We are very proud to have met this important target. Apprenticeships not only support our current staff to develop and improve their skills, they also provide much needed employment opportunities for our community and we are especially keen to support our young people."

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, added: 

"Apprenticeships are particularly important given the current pandemic, when it is even more difficult to get experience in the work place. We have signed up for 13 Kickstart Placements as part of the government initiative and are hoping that as many of these as possible will become apprentices in the future.

"We want more young people to consider an apprenticeship with us as a great way to start or progress their career."

What our apprentices say:

Irina- Payroll- Payroll Administrator Level 3

When I started my apprenticeship, I had no experience. It was quite hard at the beginning and it took me a while to understand the terminology and what I was supposed to do. I really love my job and it is amazing how confident I feel now compared with a year ago when I started my apprenticeship. I have learnt so much and this was possible only with help from my colleagues, they offered me support every day. Thank you WBC for this opportunity!

Sue - Manager in Adult Social Care

The Apprenticeship training programme, has been extremely beneficial to Responsive Care Providers. It has enabled our frontline practitioners to engage in learning programmes that enhance our services and improves the client experience. The value of well trained staff cannot be underestimated and the opportunities now available to undertake qualifications in this field of work, together with the promotion of our core values will, we hope, support our goal of being the employer of choice in West Berkshire.

Rachel- Sensory Needs Team - Rehabilitation Worker Level 5

Being on the apprenticeship scheme has been amazing. Having the course funded by the levy fund has been more helpful than you could ever imagine, and has opened doors for me that I never would have been able to open myself.

Abi- Manager & Apprentice - Human Resources- Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship Level 7

The HR team always support an apprentice.  Several of our existing team started as apprentices. It is a real pleasure to see someone start with very little knowledge or experience and gradually grow in confidence and ability into a fully-fledged member of the team.