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As part of National Apprentice Week, Wealden District Council is introducing its class for 2018 and highlighting the wide range of work their apprentices undertake.—Wealden District Council, 14 March 2018

new cohort for 2018

“After the success of our previous apprentices I am delighted to welcome our new cohort for 2018,” said Councillor Nicholas Collinson, Cabinet member for Community Leadership and Human Resources.

“The Wealden external apprenticeship scheme is a 13 month programme which runs in collaboration with Sussex Downs College. The diverse roles that our apprentices are doing highlights the variety of work that Wealden District Council undertakes. Their qualification will give them excellent experience and transferable skills that will form a launch-pad for the rest of their careers.”

Wealden has taken on three external apprentices: Rachael Ball, Leanne Whitley and Hayley Hammond, who are all studying for apprenticeships in Business Administration. They are working in Wealden’s Audit & Investigation, Housing and GIS & LLPG Team, which is responsible for Street Naming and Numbering and overseeing the Council’s mapping system. As well as working in their home teams, they will also be given the opportunity to gain experience in several parts of the organisation and work together on joint projects.

The Council is also creating a number of internal apprenticeship opportunities which enable staff to broaden their professional and personal development. The first internal apprentice, Mitchell Gadd has been working in the Council’s Benefits Service since 2013 and this year has become an Apprentice IT Infrastructure Technician, allowing him to learn a new range of technical skills.

A further three internal apprentices are expected to be appointed later this year.