Barnsley Council celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2022

We are excited to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week (7 to 13 February). This annual celebration is a brilliant opportunity to recognise the many benefits that apprenticeships bring to employers, individuals, and Barnsley’s wider economy.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is “Build the Future” as we encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future-ready skills and manage existing skills gaps.

The week will highlight the benefits of an apprenticeship programme and share stories of how some of our Barnsley residents have benefited from an Apprenticeship. Residents can view the stories by searching #NAW2022 on Barnsley Council’s Facebook page and Barnsley Council’s Twitter page.

Apprenticeships are not just for school-leavers. They are available to anyone aged 16 or over who is not enrolled in full-time education. They are an excellent route for anyone wanting to take the next steps in their career or gain new qualifications. For many young people, entering the world of work after leaving school or college can be daunting. With options of going to university or gaining work experience, many young adults may feel they are at a crossroads. Apprenticeships are a brilliant middle ground, like Dominic Blood found.

Apprentice, Dominic, left school unsure on the next steps to take in his career. Since then, he has gone from a Level two Admin Apprenticeship which he started in 2018, to now working towards his Level six IT Apprentice Degree. Dominic, IT Degree Apprentice for Barnsley Council, said: “When I left school I couldn’t decide between college and work, so an apprenticeship was the best of both worlds for me. I now work and go to university, so I will have the relevant skills, knowledge, and experience to go straight into my qualified job as an IT consultant by the end of my three years

“I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who is looking to further their education and qualifications, while gaining experience in a workplace. Whether you are leaving school or wanting to gain a qualification while still working, apprenticeships are an excellent route.” You can hear Dominic talk about his experience in this video.

We currently have 165 existing employee apprentices working for the council in a variety of roles including social work, IT services and finance. Apprenticeships with the council can range from Level two to Level seven and can take between one and five years to complete. We also currently have 6 apprenticeship opportunities currently available, as well as local businesses across the borough also having apprenticeship vacancies.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core Services, said: “70.7% of working-age people in Barnsley have a job. This needs to be higher. Barnsley is investing so businesses, and jobs, stay in Barnsley – apprenticeships are a brilliant route to help this.

“Barnsley is the place of possibilities, and it is great to hear motivating stories from apprentices who are making the most of the opportunities given to them here. Apprenticeships have a key role to play in our borough by increasing the knowledge and skills of Barnsley residents and reducing unemployment across the borough.

Apprenticeships are a great way to achieve high-standard qualifications while working, no matter what age you are.”

You can find a range of apprenticeship opportunities at barnsley.gov.uk/Jobs.

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