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New apprentices join the council workforce

20 May 2019

The 6 new apprentices starting work with the council.

6 new apprentices have taken up roles across the council in a variety of departments:

  • Lia Jackson is a programme and project management apprentice in the planning and highways department.
  • Emma Dann is a business support apprentice within children’s services.
  • Daniel Holloway is a planning apprentice in our planning and development team.
  • Abbey Dickinson is a children’s centre reception apprentice at the Belfield cluster centres.
  • Rachel Monks and Natasha Latif are business support apprentices in adult care.

These new apprentices are joining a very successful and highly acclaimed apprenticeship programme. In 2018 alone the apprenticeship team achieved the following:

  • Started 135 apprenticeship programmes, across the council and schools, of which 55 were brand new posts.
  • Won the 'Macro Employer of the Year' and 'Recruitment Excellence' awards at the 2018 North West Apprenticeship Awards, and were national finalist in both categories.
  • Were invited to the House of Commons to be praised for being a driving force delivering high quality apprenticeships.
  • Had the highest ever recorded figures for young people entering apprenticeships straight after school.
  • Won the Innovation Award at our ACE Awards.
  • Were shortlisted for an LGC Award 2019 in the innovation category.

"We hope our new cohort is inspired by the success stories across our apprentices'"

Toni Carter, our Apprenticeship and Raising Participation Co-ordinator, said: "We're really proud of our apprenticeship work, but we couldn't achieve it without the hard work of the apprentices. We hope our new cohort is inspired by the success stories across our apprentices' and they grab all the wonderful opportunities these jobs roles offer."

Chloe Johnson with Steve Rumbelow.  

As these new apprentices take up their new roles, Chloe Johnson, who has recently finished her apprenticeship and has now secured a permanent role in our adult care service, shows what can be achieved as an apprentice after being shortlisted for a regional award. Chloe is a finalist in the 'Rising Star' category of the GM Health and Care Champion Awards for her work during her apprenticeship in our place team.

The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards are the only awards that celebrate and recognise the employed and unwaged workforce right across Greater Manchester, who regularly go above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our communities.

'Chloe is passionate about making a difference to people's lives'

Chloe was nominated for the work supporting service users with issues around unemployment, low skills, mental health, substance misuse and social isolation. Chloe is a care leaver and has done an incredible amount of work with children's services on support for children in care. She is passionate about making a difference to people's lives and develops trusted relationships, which enables her to support clients to change their behaviour. She has worked hard in her apprenticeship role alongside training for a health and social care NVQ.

Chloe was delighted to be shortlisted. She said: "I'm really proud of this news, I recognise how far I've come and to get this level of recognition is amazing. I'm really grateful to have found a career I enjoy and had the opportunities I've had in my career so far."

'Chloe embodies the wonderful success and work of all our apprentices and the team that supports them'

Steve Rumbelow, our Chief Executive, said: "Chloe embodies the wonderful success and work of all our apprentices and the team that supports them. Her hard work and enthusiasm serves as an inspiration to others. In our staff awards last year Chloe was named Young Employee of the Year so I'm really pleased that she has gone on to get the recognition she deserves on a regional level. We will all be rooting for her in the finals."

Chloe will be at the Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Award finals, held at the Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, 4 July 2019.

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