Young people reap apprenticeship scheme benefits

Apprentices have been speaking about the valuable skills and experiences they have gained since joining Durham County Council’s workforce.

The Local Authority offers apprenticeship opportunities across a range of areas, including civil engineering, business administration, accounting and catering.

In September 2018, 44 new apprentices will join the ranks, following in the footsteps of young people like Nathan Keogan, Jordan Clegg, and Lee Hibbitts who are all recent recruits and already working with the council’s Regeneration and Local Services directorate.

Nathan, 21, from Consett, is undertaking a Level Three Advanced Apprenticeship in catering.

He said: “I like cooking, especially baking, and now I get to cook the food in County Hall,” he said. “I like making most things but I especially like baking the scones for the County Hall shop and canteen. I also get to go to cook at other places as part of my placement and I have been to Locomotion and Wharton Park. I am really enjoying it.”

Jordan, 19, from Ushaw Moor, is a waste operative and is enjoying his new role so much he hired a moped to ensure he can get to work.