We’re committed to apprenticeships – and this award proves it

Published: Friday, 20 November, 2020

Stroud District Council’s commitment to apprenticeships has been recognised with success at the Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Awards.

Not only did two of the council’s apprentices make it to the finals, Stroud District Council won the award of Apprenticeship Employer of the Year.

SDC Apprentices Connor Ward and Maisey Hammond both reached the final in the Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Public Services).

One of Stroud District Council’s key priorities in its Corporate Delivery Plan is `Helping to create a sustainable and vibrant economy that works for all’, and the plan includes working with business, education and the voluntary sector to build skills and employment opportunities.

Lucy Powell, SDC’s Human Resources Manager said: “This award is a result of the dedication and hard work of everyone at Stroud District Council, especially the apprentices’ managers and mentors, together with our partners at SGS College.

“Our apprentices are treated as full members of the teams they work in, and we work hard to make sure they are fully supported. Winning the Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award shows that our commitment has paid off.”

Stroud District Council employs 18 apprentices, including six who are undertaking management apprenticeships.

Connor said: “My apprenticeship has allowed me to develop a range of skills including self-confidence, time management, self-motivation and leadership skills as well as working with colleagues across the council.”

Maisey added: “Starting my apprenticeship was the best decision I have made and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to broaden their skill set. If you want begin `earning and learning’ an apprenticeship is a great stepping stone into the working world.”

Cllr Doina Cornell, Leader of Stroud District Council added: “I’m really pleased that our apprenticeship programme has been recognised in this way. Congratulations to Connor and Maisey, who both have bright futures ahead of them.

“The impact on young people due to the pandemic has been especially hard, so I am really pleased to see how we are able to support young people locally to take their first steps into employment.”

The Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Award was postponed from earlier this year, and was live-streamed on Thursday 19 November, hosted by Steve Knibbs, the Gloucestershire reporter for BBC Points West.

Stroud District Council has a vacancy for Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprentice: https://bit.ly/36SoTWL with other opportunities arising throughout the year.

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