Council picks up award for apprentice scheme

Mendip District Council has been awarded "Employer of the Month" by Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) for its role in supporting apprentices.

SS&L are a social enterprise that offers a range of education services to young people and adults across Somerset. They work with a number of partners and employers to ensure that learners in the county are getting the best education and experience possible to ensure they progress and grow in their careers. Apprentices 2019

There are currently four apprentices studying towards an NVQ in Business Administration working at the council:

  • Matthew Engledow - Level 2 (Community Health)
  • Abi Wilson - Level 2 (Neighbourhood Services)
  • Indea Carter - Level 2 (Markets & Events)
  • Ryan Harris - Level 3 (Planning)

The council's apprentices are supported by SS&L who have a training centre in Frome, which the apprentices visit on a fortnightly basis.

Cllr Ros Wyke, Leader of Mendip District Council, said: "Mendip Council is delighted that our modern apprenticeship scheme has been recognised by the SS&L. We are proud of our apprentices and their contribution to the services we provide to the residents of Mendip. The scheme offers an opportunity to both learn at college and gain hands on practical work experience."

Kathryn Baker, Director of Curriculum & Business Development at SS&L, said: "Mendip District Council have really embraced the benefits of taking on apprentices in various departments. We are currently training and supporting four apprentices employed at Mendip District Council, all of which are really enjoying their job roles and making a positive steps forward in their careers."   

Ryan Harris, Planning Technical Team Modern Apprentice, said: ''The reason I chose my apprenticeship was because I wanted to learn about something new, whilst also earning money. So this was a great opportunity for me to advance in my career. I am getting on really well with my apprenticeship and have recently progressed onto Level 3.''

Indea Carter, Markets and Events Modern Apprentice, said: ''I enjoy working as a Markets and Events apprentice for Mendip District Council because I learn something new every day and feel like a valued member of the team. I find my job very interesting because I often visit the Markets and interact with the traders.''

Find out more about apprentices here: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

Find out more about SS&L here: sslcourses.co.uk/index