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Get East Hants Working - Apprenticeship Fair

Following “The Get East Hants Working Apprenticeship Fair” the Community Forum will have a presentation on apprenticeships with the following guest speakers.

 

·                     Cllr Glynis Watts, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, who will talk about the EHDC Apprenticeship Scheme;

·                     Martin Kiddey, a local business owner and apprenticeship champion;

·                     Judith Moule, ETA Consultancy Services; and

·                     Josh Abbott, former EHDC Marketing Apprentice

 

This will give parents and pupils who are unsure of what to do when they leave school a further opportunity to explore apprenticeship options and ask questions of the speakers.

 

For Information

 

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed

 

·         Cllr Glynis Watts, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development;

·         Martin Kiddey, a local business owner and apprenticeship champion;

·         Judith Moule, ETA Consultancy Services; and

·         Josh Abbott, former EHDC Marketing Apprentice.

 

They would be giving a briefing on apprenticeships. (A copy of the presentation is attached as Appendix 1 to the minutes)

 

Cllr Watts introduced herself and explained the District Council’s role in working with businesses and placing apprentices in the District. The area was now reaping the rewards of working with apprentices. The placement of apprentices was carefully considered as the apprentices needed to fit well into the placement. 51 people had been placed and had gone on to full time work.

 

She would encourage people to go on an apprenticeship scheme.

 

In reply to a question as to whether children who lived outside of the District but were educated within it could apply, she confirmed that they looked at each individual’s situation and that it was possible.

 

Martin Kiddey, a local business owner and apprenticeship champion addressed the Forum and explained how he had been recruiting and training apprentices for many years. (Please see the appendix for his briefing in full)

 

In response to a question as to whether it was difficult to find the right person for the apprenticeship, he explained that yes, the hardest part was finding the right fit. Attitude and enthusiasm on the part of the applicant was the most important quality consideded.

 

Judith Mowle, ETA Consultancy Services addressed the Forum and

explained how she helped recruit and place apprentices. (Please see the appendix for his briefing in full)

 

Josh Abbott, a former EHDC Marketing Apprentice explained to the Forum how he had become an apprentice and the benefits and qualifications he had achieved through the scheme.

 

He explained that in his final year at college he had been given many university and college application forms to complete and decided to go to University and study marketing. Whilst there he realised that he and his fellow class mates would be all qualifying with the same degree and all fighting for the same jobs. He therefore decided to look for different options and went on the web and looked at apprenticeships this had resulted in 40,000 results which he had narrowed down.

 

He applied for a number of apprenticeships and was given a number of interviews. EHDC had stood out as an excellent option and he became a Community Marketing Apprentice. This had resulted in him being involved very closely in organising a festival called Butserfest among other projects.

 

He went to college once a week. There had been very little course work as a lot of it was evidence based.

 

A year into his apprenticeship he was successful in applying for a job in the Communications Team at East Hampshire. This of course had meant that he would end his apprenticeship. However, he had approached the College he was doing his apprenticeship through and had finished the course early.

 

He would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone as you came out of it with good qualifications and work experience.

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