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Harrow Council exceeds apprentice employment goals

Harrow Council has announced that it has surpassed its target for apprentice employment.

In a press release issued today, the council stated that it had set out to double the number of apprentices employed across its departments as part of its ‘flagship actions’, and it has successfully achieved this.

The initiative has seen approximately 50 staff members undertaking apprenticeships to enhance their skills and advance their careers. The council recruited 12 apprentices externally across various services, with eight apprentices placed in local schools.

Departments ranging from waste and recycling to human resources, housing, social work, and information technology have all benefited from the contributions of these apprentices.

In the next year, the council plans to expand its apprentice programme further by recruiting two graduates through the National Graduate Scheme, alongside additional apprentices.

Apprentice Benefits Assessor, Pradip from Housing Benefits said: “I’m currently doing an 18-month course through Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation which will lead to a recognised qualification. In addition, I am receiving comprehensive training within the department led by Al Sharp.

“I’m very much enjoying the course, learning about the rules and regulations around the theory of assessing benefits. My aim is to secure a permanent position when it becomes available.

“Apprenticeships are open to everyone regardless of age. They offer a range of benefits for hiring managers and services. They bring in new ideas, help individuals learn new skills and it earns them a recognised qualification.”

Cllr David Ashton, Cabinet Member for Finance and HR at Harrow Council said: “Reflecting on the last year I am pleased that we have delivered yet another Flagship Action. I had the pleasure to meet many of our apprentices that we have helped upskill and move further into their careers. We said we would double the number of council apprentices, and we have exceeded that.

“It means we are putting our residents first, helping people go further in their career and developing a talented workforce to deliver our services.

“We will continue to help people go further in their careers with more apprenticeships and graduate schemes. Details of these will come soon.”

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