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Thirtieth person joins apprenticeship scheme as we welcome new trainees

A green-fingered bunch of new apprentices have joined our Parks and Countryside team to grow their career through the Council's successful apprentice scheme.

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The Council has trained 30 apprentices and interns over the past three years, as part of our commitment to supporting local young people with an opportunity to gain valuable skills and work experience.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: "We're delighted to welcome our latest apprentices to Guildford Borough Council and we look forward to helping them develop the skills and knowledge they need for a successful career. Apprenticeships offer an important opportunity for paid on-the-job training, often alongside college courses, and we will continue to develop our apprenticeship scheme for young people locally."

Apprentices and interns have been successfully employed in a number of trainee roles across the Council, including as:

  • gardeners

  • business support

  • engineering technicians

  • legal apprentices

  • digital content interns

  • sports development interns.

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Cllr for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, adds: "The apprentices that we have welcomed over the past three years have made a really positive impact in our Parks team. Their hard work and dedication, both at work and at college, has made them a great asset to our service, helping to keep our parks and countryside beautiful for all our residents and visitors to enjoy."

One recent success story from the apprentice scheme is Sam Cheesman. He joined Guildford Borough Council in 2015 as a parks apprentice, was selected to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as one of the best students on his course and was shortlisted for APSE apprentice of the year in 2016. Sam is now permanently employed by the Council as a gardener.

Sam says: "I really enjoy working in the Parks team. I learnt a lot during my time as an apprentice and the training I received really helped when it came to successfully applying for a permanent role at the Council."

Photo above, from left to right: Cllr Matt Furniss, Michael Kennedy, Liam Sweeney, Paul Stacey, Anne Milton MP (Minister of State for Education), Cllr Richard Billington, Sam Cheesman, Aaron Storey, James Whiteman, Cllr Paul Spooner (Leader of the Council), Peter O'Connell.

Published on Thursday 2 November.