South Norfolk Council is providing excellent opportunities for people to get a foot on the career ladder. Despite only being required to have 12 apprentices, the Council has 24 and is currently recruiting for two more.
South Norfolk Council Deputy Leader Michael Edney said: “Apprenticeships play a key role in giving people of all ages and from all backgrounds an opportunity to learn and develop valuable workplace skills. We recognise that they are integral to the development of our workforce and the future of the Council and as such we made a decision to pay them appropriately, with the living wage.”
Since 2010, the Council has employed 48 apprentices, with 80% of them going on to work at the Council fulltime.
Business Support Apprentice Chelsea Lee has been working at the Council for the past 3 months, she said:
“There is so much opportunity here and the support to achieving your full potential is faultless. I am very lucky as my position allows me to get involved in all different areas of the Council. I came in with no experience but my confidence and knowledge is growing. I now realise I can achieve anything that I put my mind to if I want it enough.”
Development and Commercial Property Management Administrator Rebecca Woodhouse joined the Council as a Finance Apprentice, she now works for the Council’s property management and development company, Big Sky. She said:
“My apprenticeship gave me the skills, experience and opportunity to gain a full-time position with Big Sky. I love what I do and the Council has been really supportive, I’m currently studying for a degree in Estate Management, not every company would invest so much in their staff – It really makes you feel valued.”
Currently the Council is recruiting for a Housing and Benefits Apprentice and a Business Administrator to work for Big Sky Developments. For more information on current and future vacancies, visit the Council’s website or find them #sncjobs.