District council teams up with college to offer apprenticeship scheme

Huntingdonshire District Council

Huntingdonshire District Council - Credit: Archant

A new apprenticeship academy has been launched in Huntingdon to provide job opportunities for young people.

Huntingdonshire District Council has joined forces with Cambridge Regional College to find and train apprentices to work in local government – from the IT department to the community services centre.

Applications for the first 10 apprenticeships are now open, with shortlisted applicants due to be invited to a special assessment day at the district council in the week beginning October 16, where they will also have a chance to find out more about the roles on offer.

The apprentices will study for a nationally-recognised qualification in business administration during their 15-month apprenticeship, training in the workplace with input from the college’s experienced assessors, and earning £14,500 a year.

Debbie McArthur, head of business development at Cambridge Regional College, said it was a great opportunity for young people.

“We are delighted to be working with Huntingdonshire District Council in this new initiative. The Apprenticeship Academy offers great opportunities for young people who want to earn and learn at the same time, gaining work experience and a very valuable qualification,” she said.

“They will be working at the heart of their community, helping the council provide its vital services to local residents.”

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Councillor Stephen Cawley said the apprentices would play a valuable role throughout the council.

He said: “For young people who want to kick start their careers at a very exciting time in local government we are offering unique opportunities to work in an extensive range of departments, putting our customers first.

“We have opportunities available in our IT department, HR, accountancy, marketing, planning, leisure and lots more.

“The successful applicants will work and learn in one of our departments and get involved in projects spanning across the council – including our transformation project which is looking at ways of improving the way we work and deliver services to the residents of Huntingdon.”

Applicants don’t need any previous qualifications - just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. To find out more about the vacancies, contact Debbie McArthur at Cambridge Regional College on 01223 226361 or e-mail dmcarthur@camre.ac.uk.