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A dedicated apprenticeship service has been set-up to offer free and impartial advice to businesses in Berkshire.

Providing a one-stop shop for businesses of all sizes, the service will provide fast and easy access to information on apprenticeship programmes and the latest funding. It will even help employers find the right apprenticeship programme and training provider for their needs.

Led by East Berkshire College, the service is being delivered in partnership with a group of local training providers including BCA, Bracknell & Wokingham College, Newbury College, Reading College, TESS Group and West Berkshire Training Consortium.

Juliet Holloway, Assistant Principal for Business Development at East Berkshire College, explains: “This new service will make it even easier for businesses to take on an apprentice and maximise the benefits of an apprenticeship scheme by providing a free and local source of up-to-date information.

“Whether developing the skills of a current employee or recruiting a new individual, apprenticeships are a great cost-effective way for employers to develop their workforce, address future skills gaps and drive growth.”

Co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the project aims to help businesses develop their workforce and increase the number of apprentices, particularly at level three and above.

The creation of the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service responds to the objectives of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP’s Skills Priority Statement, which reports that the proportion of businesses offering apprenticeships in Berkshire is lower than the national average and identifies the need to address skills shortages in key areas such as engineering, digital technologies, science and healthcare.

Dominique Unsworth BEM, Community Sector Representative on Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Forum and Managing Director of Resource Productions, commented: “As businesses in Berkshire continue to report on high skills gaps within their organisation and the difficulty of recruiting new talent with the right skills, the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service will go some way towards helping businesses develop existing employees’ skills and/or take on a new individual, thereby ensuring Berkshire’s economic potential is not restricted by the labour supply.”

For more details on the Berkshire Apprenticeship service, please click here, call 01753 793370 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, businesses interested in finding out more about the service can drop into a breakfast networking event on 28th June 2017 at 8.30am at the Slough Aspire Centre, 350 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough Trading Estate to talk to members of the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service.

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The latest national Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015-6 has revealed high levels of employer satisfaction with East Berkshire College and its apprenticeship training provision.

Employers gave the Berkshire-based training provider high marks, scoring the College 8.3 out of 10 for overall employer satisfaction and 8.4 out of 10 for overall quality of training.

The College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, scored well in all aspects of the survey, including understanding the employer’s needs, overall quality and likelihood of recommendation. The survey also highlighted the professionalism of the staff delivering training.

Juliet Holloway, Assistant Principal for Marketing and Business Development, commented: “The College prides itself on delivering the highest standards of service to businesses and this survey is a wonderful endorsement of our achievements. We believe the key factors in our success has been our ability to respond to the changing needs of businesses, our flexibility in tailoring training and, of course, our talented team of industry-trained staff, who provide support to employers as well as their apprentices.”

East Berkshire College works with a wide range of regional employers, from SMEs to multinationals, including Stoke Park Hotel and Country Club, Costain, Marriott Hotels, Paradigm Housing Group and Classico Marble Ltd.

Linda Hawkins, Multi Property Director of Human Resources at London Heathrow and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotels, has been working with the College for the past few years. She explains: “We believe firmly in developing local talent and apprenticeships have been a key initiative for us over the last few years, especially in terms of attracting young chefs. East Berkshire College have been exceptional in helping us find the right candidates and providing us with regular updates on their progress.”

With over 40 years of experience in working with businesses in a wide variety of industries, the College delivers a range of cost-effective and tailored training solutions – from apprenticeships to one-day workshops – at a time and place to suit business requirements.

Global exhibition and events company, FX4 Solutions in Maidenhead have been working with the College to hire and train carpentry apprentices for their business. Lauren Fisk, HR and Business Administrative Manager at FX4, explains:

“We have been working with East Berkshire College for over three years and I always find them very accommodating. They made it very easy for us to set up an apprenticeship scheme, they quickly resolve any issues that arise and their regular site visits provide us with the chance to give and receive feedback on our apprentices. As exhibition carpentry is a specialist area, they have even gone out of their way to tailor the course to our specific needs. Their service and knowledge is second to none.”

The results of this latest survey is a further endorsement of the quality of the College’s apprenticeship provision, which has been graded as good overall by Ofsted. In addition, the National Student Survey 2016 on Higher Education providers has rated East Berkshire College as one of the top 15 colleges and universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of apprenticeships in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration, Construction, Hairdressing, Health & Care and Hospitality & Catering.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and other training opportunities can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

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The London Borough of Hounslow is helping local people to launch their careers and improve their skills through an award-winning apprenticeship scheme in partnership with East Berkshire College.

Leading by example, the Council is a big advocate of apprenticeships and currently employs 27 apprentices, aged 17 to 51, in its property repairs and contracts teams. As well as expanding their knowledge and qualifications, the apprentices help to maintain over 16,000 homes across the borough.

The London Borough of Hounslow’s multi-award winning apprenticeship programme provides the apprentices with the opportunity to gain qualifications in a wide range of sectors including construction trades and business. Now in its fourth year, the scheme is going from strength to strength, recently winning Apprenticeship Company of the Year 2016 at the Spark Awards.

John Laparte (aged 20) is one of the individuals who started a carpentry apprenticeship through the Council and the College last September:

“Apprenticeships are good because they prepare you for real life and help you develop real skills. I have a mentor who is really good at explaining things and has helped build my confidence. Each day is different. I can be doing anything from general repairs to changing a front door. Every day, I feel that I am taking a step towards my future and working for the council makes me feel like I’m giving something back to the community as well.”

With apprenticeships now available from intermediate (Level 2) right through to higher apprenticeships (Level 4/5) and degree level, becoming an apprentice isn’t just for school leavers either.

Daniel Twyford (aged 34) is a multi-trade apprentice in the repairs and response team at the Council. Having worked as a carpenter at the Council for 13 years, he mentors new apprentices like John as well as adding to his own skills by undertaking a multi-trade apprenticeship.

Daniel explains: “The apprenticeship has given me the chance to expand my knowledge by going back to college. I was already a qualified carpenter, but now I’ve been able to gain skills in other areas such as bricklaying and roof tiling, which has given me more confidence to tackle a wider range of jobs at work. As a mentor, I’m also passing on my knowledge to other apprentices, who are just starting out.”

Sharon Nicholls, Trade Apprenticeship Co-ordinator at The London Borough of Hounslow, explains: “As a council, we are dedicated to supporting apprenticeships and providing local people with the chance to gain employment and skills. Our apprentices are really enjoying the chance to continue their learning and, as well as their studies at college, we provide additional in-house training, including courses in manual handling, first aid and money matters. All mentors also undertake a mentor training, so they know how to effectively support an apprentice.

“East Berkshire College works very much in partnership with us to tailor training to our needs, particularly with our more experienced employees. For example, the College organised for all the functional maths and English element of the course to be completed first, so our apprentices can now focus on their industry qualifications. We chose to work with the College because they were able to deliver the range of apprenticeship qualifications we required, now and in the future. Over the next few years, we hope to continue to expand our apprenticeship scheme, particularly in terms of higher level apprenticeships.”

The Council promotes apprenticeships both internally and externally throughout the borough. Through its 106 agreements with developers, it encourages and supports developers to hire apprentices.

Further demonstrating its commitment to investing in its employees and local residents, the Council is also working with East Berkshire College in Langley to upskill its team of caretakers. The College, which has been delivering apprenticeships for over 40 years, has devised a special training programme for 12 caretakers employed by the Council.

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, East Berkshire College offers a range of apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Science, Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university.

East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, has over 40 years of experience in delivering high quality training to SMEs and multi-nationals in a wide range of industries. Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can contact the College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A group of training providers, led by East Berkshire College, has secured a £900,000 contract from the European Social Fund (ESF) to help small to medium-sized businesses across Berkshire to upskill their employees for free.

Businesses with less than 250 employees* and operating in Berkshire will be able to access the fully-funded training for employees aged over 16 (and resident in the UK/EU). Training will be delivered on a flexible, modular basis and will be specifically tailored to the needs of the individual business and its employees.

The Skills for the Workforce programme is being delivered in partnership with Bracknell & Wokingham College, Newbury College, Reading College, TESS Group and West Berkshire Training Consortium.

Lynette Chadwick, ESF Project Manager at East Berkshire College, explains: “With over 40,000 SMEs in Berkshire, we want to support as many businesses as possible in their growth plans. The focus of the Skills for the Workforce programme is to deliver free workplace training to develop highly skilled employees.

“The training programmes are fully funded and flexible in order to be most effective for businesses. Whether a company is looking to develop senior managers or employees with no formal qualifications, we can deliver appropriate training at a time and place to suit. All the training partners in this project have years of experience of working in a wide range of sectors, and can ensure businesses receive high-quality training to meet their needs.”

The Skills for the Workforce project, which runs until June 2018, is designed to boost the skills of the local workforce and help local businesses to be more productive and competitive. Employers can access training for their employees in a range of areas including management and team leading, innovation and business development, IT and specific industry-related skills to meet the requirements of their business. Other key sectors include IT, administration, science, health and care, nursing, engineering and hospitality.

Employees can gain accredited units, certificates or diplomas as well as non-accredited training to enhance their knowledge and skills. They will then have the opportunity to go on to complete a full, industry-recognised qualification, such as an apprenticeship.

The Skills for the Workforce programme is part of the Employees Support in Skills project, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency.

For information on the project and how your business can access free training, contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

*Businesses who have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees.

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Apprenticeships were top of the menu at a special Business Breakfast for local employers on Thursday (9 March) at Langley College. Celebrating the benefits of employing apprentices and providing details on apprenticeship funding reforms, the event was part of a series of activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March 2017).

Over 50 employers from across the region attended the event including Marriott Hotel Group, Mars, Morgan Sindall, Oakley Court Hotel, John Guest and Housing Solutions. The ‘Business Breakfast’ event provided local organisations with the chance to find out more about the College’s apprenticeship programmes, the new funding changes and the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

The event featured a number of short presentations by key speakers such as Linda Hawkins from The Marriott Hotel Group, who has recruited apprentices through the College, and Dominique Unsworth from the Thames Valley Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. Meanwhile, the College’s catering students prepared a delicious buffet breakfast for guests, which included a cooked breakfast, croissants and handmade pastries.

One of the guest speakers at the event was Linda Hawkins, Multi Property Director of Human Resources, London Heathrow and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotels. Speaking at the event, she said: “We believe firmly in developing local talent and apprenticeships have been a key initiative for us. They provide young people with top quality training and valuable life skills in a supportive, dynamic environment within the College and our hotels. The College has been exceptional in helping us find the right candidates and providing us with regular updates on the progress of our apprentices. Not to mention, the training facilities here are amazing.”

Guests were also provided with a tour of the College’s excellent facilities including the engineering workshop, which features a state-of-the-art CNC Milling machine, the hair and beauty salons, sports centre and the STEM Project & Research Centre.

Langley College, part of East Berkshire College, has been helping small to medium-sized businesses and multinational companies in a wide variety of industries recruit and train apprentices for over 40 years.

Apprenticeships are available in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration, Construction, Hairdressing, Health & Care and Hospitality & Catering. New higher apprenticeships (Level 4/5) also provide a more affordable and convenient alternative to university and graduate training schemes.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and how funding changes can benefit their business can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here

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Paradigm Housing Group is helping young people take their first steps on the career ladder with an apprenticeship scheme through East Berkshire College.

The leading housing provider, which has a head office in High Wycombe, is a big advocate of apprenticeships and currently employing nine apprentices in its property maintenance teams. The apprentices, who are aged between 20 and 24, are being trained in the workplace by Paradigm’s experienced professionals and attend Langley College one day a week to achieve their qualifications. As part of the company’s 440 strong team, they are helping to manage almost 14,000 homes for around 25,000 people.

Steve Pink, Electrical Manager at Paradigm, explains: “To ensure our high levels of customer service, we believe it is important to invest in our staff and grow our own employees, who will stay and develop with us. Apprenticeships are a great, flexible way to find new talent and provide our new recruits with a solid range of skills.

“We chose to work with East Berkshire College because of their experience in delivering the variety of apprenticeships we needed. We were extremely pleased by the quality of the candidates we had applying for our apprentice roles, which reflects how popular apprenticeships have become. Our apprentices have settled in well and we have received lots of great feedback from customers about them.”

Samantha White (aged 24), who is undertaking an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Maintenance Operations, was a delivery driver before joining Paradigm to pursue a career in the construction industry.

“I never thought I’d go back to college, but starting my apprenticeship with Paradigm has been the best decision I’ve made. Some tenants I visit are surprised to see a woman doing plumbing and maintenance jobs, but many actually feel more comfortable dealing with a female.”

She adds: “I’m really enjoying my work. I’m learning skills that I’ll be able to use for the rest of my life and every day is different, from hanging gates and repairing fencing to fixing taps and replacing pipes. An apprenticeship gives you more of an incentive to study because you understand the importance of what you are learning.”

Fellow apprentice, Joshua Horton (aged 21) agrees. Having taken his A Levels and worked for a spell as a dispenser in a pharmacy, Joshua wanted to do something more practical and applied for the Maintenance Multi-trade Level 2 Apprenticeship with Paradigm.

“My apprenticeship has changed my life completely”, enthused Joshua. “I’ve found a job I really enjoy. I go to college one day a week and the rest of the time I’m learning on the job. It’s a great balance. I look forward to going into college as everything I’m learning is helping me progress at work. I’m now working as part of Paradigm’s kitchen and bathroom team, and would like to develop my carpentry skills.”

For employers like Paradigm, apprenticeships are a great way to develop a skilled and motivated workforce, ensuring there are no future skills gaps. For young people, apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience, a qualification and a real career path.

Tim Harris (aged 22), who is in his second year of an Electrotechnical Level 3 Apprenticeship, explains: “As an apprentice, I pick things up much faster. I’m learning from professional people with years of experience and they are really supportive, which has made me more determined to progress and better myself.”

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, East Berkshire College offers a range of apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Science, Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of apprenticeships, including the latest apprenticeship vacancies with an array of businesses, call 01753 793000 or click here.

East Berkshire College has over 35 years of experience in delivering high quality training to SMEs and multi-nationals in a wide range of industries. Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can contact the College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Apprenticeships were the order of the day at a special Business Breakfast for local employers on Thursday (17 March) at East Berkshire College. Celebrating the benefits of employing apprentices, the event was part of a series of activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March 2016).

A wide range of companies from across the region attended the event including Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, UCB, Sir Robert McAlpine, Starbucks, Morgan Sindall and Royal Windsor Racecourse. The ‘Business Breakfast’ event provided local organisations with the chance to find out more about the College’s apprenticeship programmes, funding and the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

The event featured a number of short presentations by key speakers as well as a Q&A session with representatives from Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, UCB and London Borough of Hounslow, all of whom have recruited apprentices through the College. Meanwhile, the College’s catering students prepared a delicious buffet breakfast for guests, which included scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon, soda bread, croissants and handmade pastries.

One of the apprentices speaking as part of the Q&A session was Juan Torres, who is currently an apprentice chef at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel in Windsor and recently came second in the East Berkshire College Best Apprentice Chef contest.

Commenting on why an apprenticeship is a good way to start a career, Juan said: "I really enjoy the team spirit in the kitchen. I'm learning from great chefs, gaining experience and studying for my Level 3 qualification. My apprenticeship is an investment in my future."

Terry Lee from the London Borough of Hounslow, which currently employs apprentices through the College, added: “Apprenticeships are a great way to pass on knowledge to the next generation. It is important to give young people opportunities to learn. Our apprentices enjoy coming into the College because the facilities here are first class.”

Guests were also provided with a tour of the College’s excellent facilities including the engineering workshop, which features a state-of-the-art CNC Milling machine, the hair and beauty salons and the new STEM Project & Research Centre.

East Berkshire College helps employers of all sizes in a wide variety of industries recruit and train apprentices, including Classico Marble Ltd in Langley. Salve Caruso, Director of Classico Marble, explains: “Apprenticeships can be a really good way to recruit staff. The College has found us good keen young people who have wanted to learn and they have achieved a great level of competency with us. We would certainly recommend apprenticeships.”

East Berkshire College offers a wide range of apprenticeships in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration, Construction, Hairdressing and Hospitality & Catering. New higher apprenticeships (Level 4/5) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university and graduate training schemes.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships, click here.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:00

College kick-starts careers with Reading FC

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Championship football club, Reading FC and East Berkshire College have teamed up to offer young people a fantastic opportunity to kick-start their sporting careers with a traineeship.

The club, which is based at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, has 12 traineeship positions available for those aged 16-24. The programme, which is designed to prepare young people for their future careers, will last between six weeks and six months depending on the individual's needs.

The 12 lucky trainees will have the opportunity to work with professional coaches, gain valuable work experience at the club, study for a NCFE Level 1 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport, train in the club's state-of-the-art facilities and improve their English and maths skills.

Dave Evans, Reading FC Community Trust Manager, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with East Berkshire College, as a registered charity we are passionate about working with young people helping them to achieve their own personal development pathways and if by using football we can help them to achieve this then Reading FC Community Trust are happy to be involved.

"The traineeship scheme offers young people a foot on the ladder in the industry, combining academic learning with physical activity helping to promote young people's passion for sport, candidates will also have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a football club, meet some of the players and train on the clubs academies category 1 facilities.

"We see this as a fantastic opportunity for young people in Slough and look forward to working with them in the new year."

Combining study at East Berkshire College in Langley with work experience at Reading FC, the traineeship programme offers males and females the chance to develop transferable skills through sport and gain an insight into the careers available in a professional club. In addition, trainees will be given careers advice, guidance on apprenticeship opportunities and a reference at the end of the programme.

Those aged 16-24 who are qualified below Level 3 (A Levels or equivalent) and are currently unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week are eligible to apply for the sporting traineeship.

East Berkshire College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport and offers students the chance to develop their skills in a modern £5million Sports Centre, which includes a multi-purpose sports hall, fully-equipped gym, dance studio and outdoor games area.

For more details on the traineeship programme, please contact East Berkshire College on 01753 793000 or click here. Alternatively, you can come along to the Advice and Enrolment Event at Langley College on 11th January 2016 at 3.30pm.

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In a bid to bring fresh talent into the hospitality sector and discover future stars, the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel are working closely with East Berkshire College to provide fantastic apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

As a leading hotel group, the Marriott recognises the benefit of investing in recruiting and developing new talent. The London Heathrow Marriott and Heathrow Windsor Marriott are currently employing apprentice chefs and apprentice maintenance technicians to support its kitchen and maintenance teams in delivering a high quality service to guests.

The apprentices study for one day a week at East Berkshire College in Langley, and spend the rest of the time gaining experience and training in the workplace. For employers like the Marriott, apprenticeships are a great way to develop a skilled and motivated workforce, ensuring there are no future skills gaps.

Linda Hawkins, Multi Property Director of Human Resources at London Heathrow and Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotels, explains: "We believe firmly in developing local talent and apprenticeships have been a key initiative for us over the last few years, especially in terms of attracting young chefs. As part of the scheme, our apprentices are supported by a mentor and given the chance to attend specialist workshops across the UK. We also hold an internal competition for our apprentice chefs, with the best going through to a UK final and European final to showcase their skills.

"East Berkshire College have been exceptional in supporting our apprenticeship scheme, helping us find the right candidates and providing us with regular updates on their progress. I would certainly recommend other businesses use their local college to recruit and train local people. The training facilities at Langley College are amazing. In fact, the standard of food in the College's Zest restaurant is that good, our entire management team had our Christmas lunch their last year."

As part of the Marriott's apprenticeship scheme, the apprentice chefs have the chance to work in different areas of the hotel, including the main restaurant, the grill, banqueting and room service. What is more, the company also provides additional learning experiences at its other hotels.

Apprentice chef Callum Farrant enthused: "The Marriott and the College have been so supportive. I love everything about my apprenticeship, from preparing desserts for the hotel's executive lounge to studying one day a week at college. I really feel like part of the team here and I've learnt so much already. I've even had the chance to go to Scotland for a few days to learn about sourcing and preparing meat and fish as part of my job."

Anthony Ladipo (aged 20), an apprentice maintenance technician with the company, has also made a big impression since he joined the team at the Marriott Hotel in Langley. As well as helping maintain the superior standards of the hotel's 393 rooms, he has been nominated as associate of the quarter several times and is now the face of the Marriott's apprenticeship video.

"When I finished school, I didn't want to go to university and get into debt," said Anthony. "I thought it would be good to learn a trade and an apprenticeship is a great way to do that and build a career. I feel I've really grown up. I'm now earning money, I have a pension and I hope to become a qualified engineer within the next two years."

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, East Berkshire College offers a range of apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Science, Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range apprenticeships, including the latest apprenticeship vacancies with an array of businesses, call 01753 793000 or click here.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are helping local people to launch their careers through an apprenticeship scheme in partnership with East Berkshire College.

Following the success of its first intake of 11 apprentices in 2013, the council is now recruiting a further 14 apprentices in the second year of the scheme, to support its work throughout the borough and develop fresh new talent. The positions cover various roles across a variety of departments, ranging from highways to the youth service and health and social care.

Joanna Horton, Employment & Training Advisor for the Royal Borough's Grow Our Own service, explains: "We launched the apprenticeship programme last September as we recognised the benefits it could offer to us as an employer in terms of developing our teams and to the individuals themselves. Working with East Berkshire College was a natural progression as we were already working successfully with them on other projects.

"Our first group of apprentices have already made a positive impact on the work of the council, injecting fresh ideas and enthusiasm into our teams. Meanwhile, those staff mentoring the new recruits have enjoyed passing on their skills and knowledge. We are very much looking forward to seeing this year's apprentices grow and succeed over the coming months."

Jenna Moody (24, from Maidenhead) is one of the individuals who joined the council as an apprentice administrator last September. As well as undertaking general administrative duties, she also helps members of the public with job search activities through the council's outreach service.

"An apprenticeship is the best way to get to where you want to be," explains Jenna. "I had been working in various offices doing sales and admin roles prior to this position, but didn't have a real career path. I'm so glad I applied for this apprenticeship because I've learnt so much and it's given me greater confidence and ambition. I love working with the public and I am now hoping to train to become a careers adviser."

Oliver Carroll, an Electoral Services Apprentice at the council, agrees: "Apprenticeships enable you to learn, earn and gain work experience. I had just finished school and was wondering what to do next, when I saw the apprenticeship position advertised. I really enjoy working at the town hall. There are lots of different departments, so you get to learn about all the aspects of the council's work. It has been the best possible start to my career!"

The scheme enables the apprentices to combine on-the-job training at the Royal Borough with studying for a nationally recognised level two or three qualification at East Berkshire College.

East Berkshire College trains hundreds of apprentices every year, in subjects from accounting to catering, and helps businesses recruit apprentices.

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, the College offers a range of apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Customer Service, Science, Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university and graduate training schemes.

The College works closely with employers of all sizes to meet their training needs and even helps businesses recruit apprentices. To find out more about hiring an apprentice, contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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