We are extremely proud of our apprentices and the contribution they make to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. You can hear what our apprentices have to say about their apprenticeships below.
William Wood (Libraries and Customer Service Apprentice):
“After struggling to complete a previous course due to financial limitations, I became interested in an apprenticeship within Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council as it gave me the opportunity to achieve a level 3 in business administration whilst I earn. I'm currently a Libraries and Customer Service Representative and I'm aiming to achieve a permanent position within my role. I would encourage any young person to step into an apprenticeship as it gives them a foot in the door, money in their pocket, and experience in their CV."
Joshua Atkinson (School Apprentice):
Why did you take on an apprenticeship? “I took on an apprenticeship as I am a very hands-on person and thought that I would benefit more out of doing an apprenticeship than I would be if I was sitting in a class room at college. Also, with doing an apprenticeship it allowed me to go on various CPD courses to enhance and develop my own skills and knowledge and it allowed me to earn a wage whilst doing this. As a result of this I now know how to handle and work with money better that what I did when I was a secondary school".
What do I enjoy about my apprenticeship? “As I work in a primary school, I support a nursery class on the morning and lead P.E sessions on the afternoon. I enjoy working with all children of different ages and abilities the way they smile at you once they have achieved something is remarkable. From helping a child to kick a ball to developing their dribbling skills before they score a goal as an advancement from the basics of kicking a ball. Also, I enjoy working with such an effective team as the members of staff from Newcomen Primary School. I left school at the age of 16 after my GCSE'S and that was in the July of 2016 and when I started the apprenticeship in the September of that year the staff have made me feel welcome and part of a family. Even to this day they are still teaching me new skills to be effective within a primary school".
Where do you hope you apprenticeship will lead? "My apprenticeship started as a level 2 and it was a 1 year course, I then went on to do another year as a level 3 and I am still doing this qualification. I have been told that I will be kept on next year as a teaching assistant and a the age of 18 this is a very good starting block in life".
Chloe Jackson (Early Help Apprentice):
Why did you take on an apprenticeship? "I took on an apprenticeship because I enjoy more hands on work rather than classroom work and that it what my apprenticeship is all about. I love to be able to learn practically then sat learning but never putting it into practice. When I left school I went to college to study childcare L2 I like this course and completed it with a pass but did not go on to my L3 as I wanted to do a more hands on role which is why I looked for an apprenticeship"
What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship? “In my apprenticeship I enjoy that I learn something new every day and I really feel like I have a purpose at work and within the team I work with. I enjoy learning new skills on a daily basis and I also enjoy the interaction between staff and the visitors of the centre. I feel like a full time member of staff and not an apprentice".
Why did you choose Redcar and Cleveland Council for your apprenticeship? “I choose RCBC as it is close to home and heard that it is a good employer to work for. I would recommend an apprenticeship to a friend as I feel like I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience throughout my apprenticeship"