You’re hired! CDC looks for new apprentices

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You’re hired! CDC looks for new apprentices

Cotswold District Council is looking to recruit two new apprentices to join its workforce and gain on-the-job training and qualifications.

The Council is looking for two enthusiastic individuals to train as apprentices in its Revenues and Benefits service over the next two years. Applications are invited now and the deadline is 9 am on Friday 24 August, with interviews scheduled for Tuesday 4 September. For further details, including an application form, see http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=14547 or telephone 01285 623000.

The apprentices will be part of the service which is responsible for collecting Council Tax and Business Rates, and ensuring that the residents in the Cotswold District receive any Housing and Council Tax Benefits that they are entitled to. They will undergo technical training as well as on-the-job experience, acquiring skills and qualifications equivalent to a Level-3 City and Guilds Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), or two A-Levels, which will help them along the path to a long-term career.

This new apprentice recruitment drive follows on from a very successful scheme piloted in 2010, which saw the Council employ three Revenues and Benefits apprentices using Government funding. 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.

Cllr Barry Dare, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, commented: “The apprentices we recruited in 2010 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.

“The Council has now decided to make the apprenticeship scheme permanent, and we look forward to tapping into more young talent in the area and providing 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.”

Editor note:
People looking for jobs in Gloucestershire could visit Gloucestershire Jobs

Posted : 01/08/2012 10:10:26

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