Darwen Vale High School hosted an open evening on April 25 for prospective applicants to find out more about the range of apprenticeship opportunities available at Blackburn with Darwen Council.
The event offered the chance to speak to managers about the different roles and also meet current apprentices to find out about their experience.The roles include everything from being an apprentice electrician to working in HR, IT, community safety and project management.
All of the apprenticeships are full-time and the successful applicants will undertake the equivalent of one days training per week. As part of the scheme, which is open to people of all ages, there’s the chance to earn up to £20,000 a year as part of a minimum two year contract.
The Council’s chief executive, Harry Catherall, who started out his own career as an apprentice, told the Lancashire Telegraph:
“I’m a real champion of apprenticeships as I left school at 16 and I was very lucky to be given the same opportunity at my own local council. I’m very keen that Blackburn with Darwen takes advantage of the opportunities apprenticeships represent and actively promotes those roles. We have some fantastic young people living in the borough with great talent and we want to bring them in to the organisation and offer them a really good start to their career.”
The 40 apprenticeships include roles in public health, early years, finance, advertising and sales, Streetscene, adult careers, IT, compliance, policy and research, business support and project management.