Apprentices get hired

The latest intake of apprentices at Lancaster City Council have celebrated successfully completing their studies.

Attached photo shows (l/r) Councillor Anne Whitehead, Matthew Clegg, Lydia Brookbanks, Jak Lambert, Sarah Jones, and chief executive Susan Parsonage.

Attached photo shows (l/r) Councillor Anne Whitehead, Matthew Clegg, Lydia Brookbanks, Jak Lambert, Sarah Jones, and chief executive Susan Parsonage.

Jak Lambert, Matthew Clegg, Sarah Jones and Lydia Brookbanks have just come to the end of their 12 month apprenticeships and are now ready to take up permanent jobs with the city council.

They were given a special reception to celebrate their achievements, with friends and family invited to mark the occasion.

Coun Anne Whitehead, cabinet member with responsibility for finance, presented each of the successful apprentices with certificates. She said: “The apprentices programme is a fantastic example of how much the city council values young adults and wants to invest in their future.

“A key part of keeping any organisation fit and healthy is ensuring that we have a regular flow of new ideas and ways of thinking. The investment we are making in these apprentices is reaping huge rewards now and will continue to do so in the future and it was fantastic to be able to join them and celebrate their achievements.”

Since 2013 the city council has seen 24 apprentices successfully complete their studies.

Sarah Jones, Apprentice Dog Warden, said: “My apprenticeship with Lancaster City Council has provided me with invaluable skills and experiences. It has enabled me to progress into my desired profession with faultless support and guidance every step of the way. It has allowed me to grow and develop in both a professional and personal capacity.” 

Her manager, Mark Woodhead, added: “Having Sarah join us immediately benefitted all members of the team as her enthusiasm for the job was infectious and there for all to see. We’ve seen her go from strength to strength, building knowledge and confidence throughout her apprenticeship. We have received nothing but praise for her, from our customer feedback surveys.

“I wouldn’t have any hesitation in taking another apprenticeship, the whole experience has been really positive and informative for all involved in the process.” 

Apprenticeships provide on the job learning and development allowing successful applicants to work and receive on the job training, whilst achieving a nationally recognised qualification.

Anyone who is interested in applying for a future apprenticeship vacancy with Lancaster City Council should visit our job vacancies page, where apprenticeships are advertised as they become available.

Last updated: 25 November 2016