Rugby Borough Council invests in the future by backing apprenticeships

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Rugby Borough Council has celebrated the first anniversary of its business administration apprenticeship scheme by pledging to help more young people move into the world of work.

The council launched the scheme in July 2012 after Cllr Craig Humphrey, leader of the council, made a commitment to offer young people training and employment opportunities at the Town Hall.

Six apprentices have since started work, gaining valuable experience while studying for vital qualifications.

The apprentices have the opportunity to work in a number of council departments, including customer services, sport and recreation, human resources, and building control, while receiving on-the-job training.

In addition, each apprentice spends 15 days at Warwickshire College studying the principles of business administration and information technology skills.

To mark the first anniversary of the scheme, the apprentices presented a showcase at the Town Hall on Wednesday, 17 July to an audience of councillors.

The apprentices told councillors the scheme provided a perfect platform to gain experience and skills while increasing the chances of finding a job - whether with the council or elsewhere.

Coun Humphrey said he was delighted the council had committed its support to the future of the apprenticeship scheme.

And he highlighted a recent government report which concluded job candidates who had completed an apprenticeship were more likely to find work than candidates with other qualifications, even degrees.

“I’ve been struck by our apprentices’ commitment, energy and enthusiasm,” Cllr Humphrey said.

“They are a credit to themselves and the council.”

The apprentices were joined at the showcase by a number of young people who have undertaken student placements at the council while studying for a degree, and graduates who have been offered placements at the Town Hall after leaving university.