The College helps the Royal Borough grow its own stars with an apprenticeship scheme

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The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are helping local people to launch their careers through an apprenticeship scheme in partnership with East Berkshire College.

Following the success of its first intake of 11 apprentices in 2013, the council is now recruiting a further 14 apprentices in the second year of the scheme, to support its work throughout the borough and develop fresh new talent. The positions cover various roles across a variety of departments, ranging from highways to the youth service and health and social care.

Joanna Horton, Employment & Training Advisor for the Royal Borough's Grow Our Own service, explains: "We launched the apprenticeship programme last September as we recognised the benefits it could offer to us as an employer in terms of developing our teams and to the individuals themselves. Working with East Berkshire College was a natural progression as we were already working successfully with them on other projects.

"Our first group of apprentices have already made a positive impact on the work of the council, injecting fresh ideas and enthusiasm into our teams. Meanwhile, those staff mentoring the new recruits have enjoyed passing on their skills and knowledge. We are very much looking forward to seeing this year's apprentices grow and succeed over the coming months."

Jenna Moody (24, from Maidenhead) is one of the individuals who joined the council as an apprentice administrator last September. As well as undertaking general administrative duties, she also helps members of the public with job search activities through the council's outreach service.

"An apprenticeship is the best way to get to where you want to be," explains Jenna. "I had been working in various offices doing sales and admin roles prior to this position, but didn't have a real career path. I'm so glad I applied for this apprenticeship because I've learnt so much and it's given me greater confidence and ambition. I love working with the public and I am now hoping to train to become a careers adviser."

Oliver Carroll, an Electoral Services Apprentice at the council, agrees: "Apprenticeships enable you to learn, earn and gain work experience. I had just finished school and was wondering what to do next, when I saw the apprenticeship position advertised. I really enjoy working at the town hall. There are lots of different departments, so you get to learn about all the aspects of the council's work. It has been the best possible start to my career!"

The scheme enables the apprentices to combine on-the-job training at the Royal Borough with studying for a nationally recognised level two or three qualification at East Berkshire College.

East Berkshire College trains hundreds of apprentices every year, in subjects from accounting to catering, and helps businesses recruit apprentices.

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, the College offers a range of apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Customer Service, Science, Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university and graduate training schemes.

The College works closely with employers of all sizes to meet their training needs and even helps businesses recruit apprentices. To find out more about hiring an apprentice, contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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