Cheshire West and Chester Council’s new Rising Star Apprenticeship Programme has been officially launched for young people aged 16 plus.
They will receive top quality training from one of the council’s established training providers plus an opportunity to work in a supportive environment whilst studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.
The council offers a rolling programme for apprentices because recruitment takes place throughout the year and currently there are 50 apprentices training and on work placement across the borough.
The programme has been given a brand name of The Rising Star Apprenticeship Programme to recognise its success in supporting 155 apprentices into work with the council over the past few years and an increase in salary to £140.29 per week which is in line with the minimum wage.
Cabinet member for democracy and workforce, councillor Paul Donovan said, “I am pleased to say we have received a very high number of applications from young people across the borough for our new programme.
“During their apprenticeship, the young people involved will experience two six month placements in different departments across the council and they will discover how we serve the people of Cheshire West in all aspects of their lives.
“During their time, the apprentices will work towards gaining a National Vocational Qualification and a technical certificate which will underpin the knowledge they need to do their job which helps them develop office skills.
“So if you want to climb the first rung of your career ladder in local government please contact us.”
There are three levels of apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Intermediate level apprenticeships (equivalent to five GCSE passes): Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a level two competence qualification, functional skills and in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
Advanced level apprenticeships (equivalent to two A level passes): Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a level three competence qualification, functional skills and in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.
Higher apprenticeships (equivalent to a foundation degree): Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a level four competence qualification, functional skills and in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a foundation degree.
If you are interested in joining the scheme please contact: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/apprenticeships