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Apprentice success leads to permanent trainee scheme at CDC

An apprenticeship scheme which was introduced on a trial basis in Cotswold District Council’s Revenues and Benefits service almost two years ago will now become a permanent fixture.

Meeting on 5 July, CDC’s Cabinet congratulated the Council on the success it has achieved since the scheme was introduced on a temporary basis in late 2010 when three apprentices were recruited. Since then, the Revenues and Benefits service has reported its ‘best ever’ performance, thanks in part to a significant effort by the young recruits. As a result, one apprentice has already secured a permanent position in the Council’s joint Audit team, and the other two are now being offered fixed term appointments thanks to grants from central government.

Their excellent performance has also been recognised externally with one recruit reaching the final three in the Gloucestershire Apprentice of the Year Awards 2012, and the Council being selected as a finalist in the Gloucestershire Apprentice Employer of the Year 2012 awards.

Commenting on this decision, CDC lead for Revenues and Benefits, Cllr Barry Dare, said:
“The Council is now recognised as being one of the best performers in the country in regard to benefit administration, Council Tax collection and fraud investigation, and the apprentice scheme has played a major role in this achievement.

“They have been trained to a high standard, and now have a range of skills across many Revenues and Benefits functions. They are well on their way to gaining professional qualifications and have received extremely positive feedback from managers, colleagues and customers.

“By making this apprenticeship scheme permanent, we can now tap into more young talent in the area and provide them with excellent career opportunities and a chance to gain extremely valuable professional skills. This is not costing taxpayers a penny more – the apprentices we recruit will be funded by money set aside for vacancies in the Revenues and Benefits service.”

Posted : 05/07/2012 21:09:39

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