Angus Council celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Friday 4 March 2022

Angus Council is proud to be supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week (7-11 March 2022).

After expanding their apprenticeships scheme two years ago, the council since 2020 has seen 36 young people start their apprenticeship (17 in 2020 and 19 in 2021) across services such as housing, IT, communities, schools and learning, social care, human resources, plus many more. Sixteen of the young people who started have gone on to complete their apprenticeship, with 13 gaining jobs with the council, including two who progressed to graduate apprenticeships, one going to university and two gaining jobs with other organisations.

Angus Council Leader, David Fairweather said: “Angus Council is committed in our workforce plan to invest in young people and to work with our partners to create and support foundation, modern and graduate apprenticeship and internships. Our commitment to our apprentices and interns, and their commitment to us, is set out in our Apprenticeship and Internship Charter which was developed with apprentices within the organisation.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to offer so many young people the chance to start or continue their career with us over the last year and a half, and I’m pleased to see this continue with our current recruitment of 18 early years and childcare apprenticeships.”

Here’s what some of the council apprentices said:

Pippa Van Wees, who is shortlisted for the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship 2022 final said: “It’s showed me that (working in) Active Schools is definitely the career path I’d like to take, and it has really shown me how much I love working with children and in schools.

“It’s the best thing I’ve done and has given me so many different skills and qualities that I will have for the rest of my life.  My best memory in my apprenticeship is being recognised for how my work has had such a positive impact on pupil’s lives.”

Rachel Baker who won Angus Council’s Modern Apprentice of the Year in 2021 said: “I wish I knew more about apprenticeships when I was younger as I would have definitely decided to do one sooner! I completed my apprenticeship at Arbroath High School working in the office, I have been lucky enough to have been given a permanent position at the school as a clerical officer.

Apprenticeships are a great way to encourage people to take their first step to working with the council, gaining valuable experience, learning towards a qualification while working on the job.

The council is currently advertising 18 early learning and childcare modern apprenticeship posts. Closing date 11 March 2022.