Wealden District Council

Five more Wealden apprentices graduate

Media Release : 25 April 2017

Wealden District Council has congratulated its graduating class of apprentices at a presentation ceremony to mark the achievements of the second cohort of Wealden District Council’s Apprenticeship Scheme.

Wealden Apprentices 2016

The event celebrated the success of the five apprentice, Charlotte Aldous, Ellie Smith, Yvonne Wang, George Judd and Chris Gander, who complete their Apprenticeships in Business Administration and IT Professional this month. The occasion was attended by representatives from Wealden District Council and Sussex Downs College and Stephen Burkes, Director of Sussex Skills Solutions. 

"Congratulations to all our graduating apprentices," said Trevor Scott, Director of Governance and Corporate Services at Wealden District Council. "They have all worked exceptionally hard and can be proud of what they have achieved. Through working in partnership with Sussex Downs College, Wealden District Council has been able to play its part in providing young people in our community with skills to help with future employment. They have been a breath of fresh air in the organisation and we wish them all the best." 

For a first hand testimony of how the apprentices have found their time with Wealden, watch the "Being an Apprentice at Wealden District Council (external link)" interview with them on the Wealden District Council YouTube page.  

The apprentices have gained a breadth of experience during their 13 month apprenticeship, working in Wealden’s Property Services, Finance, Waste Management, Building Control, IT and Planning Policy teams. As well as helping out at events such as Coffee Cake and Computers, the Wealden Careers Fair, Safety in Action, Elections, Dementia Action Alliance, Summer Activity Days and National Apprenticeships Week. They have undertaken qualifications in partnership with Sussex Downs College – Wealden’s training provider and partner in the apprenticeship scheme.

"There are two key skills for Wealden District Council and apprenticeships: ambition and tenacity. I would like to thank Wealden Council for their support. There is a strong relationship between the employer, learner and training provider, and this celebration event highlights this," said Stephen Burkes of Sussex Skills Solutions. "With the new apprenticeship levy coming into effect this month, there will be funding for management and team leader apprenticeship roles, debunking the myth that apprenticeships are just at entry level. We are working with Wealden District Council to develop a programme that we can talk more about in the near future."

Wealden District Council will be advertising new apprentices vacancies shortly that take into account the new guidance from central government. For the latest news on this and other opportunities follow Wealden District Council’s LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Photo shows (l to r): Yvonne Wang, Ellie Smith, Charlotte Aldous, George Judd