The Council, which currently employs eight apprentices across the organisation, made the decision last week during National Apprenticeship Week.
Chief Executive Paul Wilson said:
"I strongly support the apprenticeship programme as a way to gain a qualification while learning new skills and gaining valuable work experience.
"National Apprenticeship Week was definitely a week to celebrate the success of our programme here at the District Council and I am delighted that five of our apprentices have already gone on to a second apprenticeship with us, taking level 3 qualifications."
The Council currently has apprentices working in accounts, housing, sports development, events, waste & recycling and clean & green, with one on a ‘grand tour’, moving between different departments.
"This apprenticeship has given me a lot of opportunities, helped me to develop useful workplace skills and has boosted my confidence when approaching new situations."
Another apprentice said:
"The Council has been very supportive and helpful throughout, making it a great experience, and one I would recommend to anyone."
And a third apprentice said:
"After starting my apprenticeship in March 2018 I am really enjoying working within our team. I am in the process of starting a higher level apprenticeship so I can further my skills and hopefully go on to have a successful career."
Recruitment for the District Council's summer intake will start in advance of GCSEs to give students options to consider subject to their exam results.
Apprenticeships will start in the summer ready for college courses. Applications are welcome from anyone living in England, over the age of 16 and not in full-time education. Working 37 hours a week, the District Council's apprenticeships include either a day release at college or on-site training and apprentices are paid the National Apprenticeship Rate of Pay plus 10%.
- Find out more about apprenticeships with us here.