Slough Borough Council and its transactional services partner Arvato UK will invest in creating 25 new apprenticeships this year, as the partnership continues its commitment to help local young people get their foot on the career ladder.
The new opportunities will be open to young people from Slough aged between 16 and 18-years-old, and will see the successful candidates work towards a Level 2 Diploma in business administration and customer service during their year-long training. In addition, there will be the opportunity for 18 to 24-years-olds to complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship in youth work.
The joint scheme, now in its fifth year, will provide the new recruits with a wide range of experience through placements with the Council and Arvato, working across a number of functions from customer services and HR to IT and finance and accounting.
Since its foundation in September 2012, the joint apprenticeship scheme has helped more than 120 local young people into work, with 78 per cent moving into full-time roles after completing their training.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Slough Borough Council and Arvato will be holding drop-in sessions at the Curve, from 2.00pm – 7.00pm on Wednesday, 8th March and Thursday, 9th March. These sessions will provide interested applicants and parents or carers with information about the different apprenticeships and the range of opportunities on offer, as well as how to apply successfully.
The new apprenticeship vacancies will be open from Friday, 5th May to Thursday, 1st June, and applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre in late June. The successful candidates will start their 12-month apprenticeships on Monday, 11th September.
Councillor Sabia Hussain, commissioner for education and children’s services, said: “We’re very proud of the apprenticeship programme we deliver with Arvato and the invaluable career route it provides our trainees.
“A large majority of our apprentices graduate into full time positions with us, with many earning promotions or going on to higher education, and we look forward to helping our new starters achieve the same success.”
Niki Yates, Early Careers Manager, Arvato, said: “Our scheme has been a real success story for the town since its foundation, not only through giving more young people an opportunity but by helping them develop the transferable skills they need to progress in their careers.
“Investment in apprentices is key to equipping our partnership with Slough Borough Council with the right skill-sets and ensuring we have a large talent pool to deliver the services our clients and the citizens of Slough need.”
The strength of the apprenticeship scheme contributed to Arvato being named in the UK Government’s annual Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer List, which recognises those organisations with the highest standards of excellence in employing apprentices.
Applicants who are unable to attend the drop-in sessions can register their interest or request more information about the 2017 programme by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Slough Borough Council please visit www.slough.gov.uk. To find out more about Arvato please visit www.arvato.co.uk