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Royal Borough searching for new apprentices

Staff reporter

The council is searching for new apprentices for various roles within the unitary authority.

An apprentice recruitment open day is being held on Wednesday, November 16 from 10am-3pm at the Elevate Hub in the Nicholsons Centre.

Anyone interested in should go along on the day to find out more about the roles and how to apply for them. There will be staff and former Royal Borough apprentices there to answer questions and help with the application process. The application period closes on November 27.

In the last two years 30 people have been offered apprenticeships at the council and 80 per cent of those completed have been retained in jobs across the council or gone on to further education and university.

Applicants need to be over 16 and there is no upper age limit.

Areas where the apprenticeships will be available include: sports development, administration, customer service, human resources, tourist information and business support.

Ricky Austin is a technical officer for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. He said: “I enrolled on to the apprenticeship scheme in October 2013, which lasted for a year within the customer service department at the council.

“After spending just under three years there, I have since moved on to do the job I have wanted to do for many years in the planning department. Without taking part in the apprenticeship scheme I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

Cllr Jack Rankin, cabinet member for economic development and property, said: “Apprentices are a valuable asset to any company.

“They can be an introduction to an organisation and are one way of improving your job prospects and opening doors to new career paths.

“It’s not only the apprentice who will benefit from this scheme but the council and residents too.”

For further information about apprenticeships and council support for businesses see: http://growourown.co.uk/

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