Sophie ‘Blazing A Trail’ Through National Apprenticeship Week

Published Friday, 1 March 2019

It is National Apprenticeship Week 2019, (4-8 March) with the theme ‘Blaze a Trail’, showcasing the many fantastic apprentices across the UK, all of whom are blazing their own trail in the workplace.

It’s also an opportunity for Waverley Borough Council to celebrate the achievements of young people who have completed an apprenticeship at the council. 

Every year, Waverley recruits a cohort of apprentices onto a two year programme through Waverley Training Services to enable them to complete a qualification with the council.  Waverley’s apprenticeship scheme, for 16 to 24-year-olds, not only includes a two year placement but also a qualification in Business Administration or Customer Service.

One such apprentice is 18 year old Sophie Mantel who has recently taken a permanent position with Waverley as the new Venue Officer at the refurbished Farnham Memorial Hall.

After discovering that college wasn’t the route that she wanted to take, Sophie joined as a Waverley Borough Council business apprentice in the council’s Communities team and it’s a move that is proving a great success.

“Being an apprentice helped me gain the confidence, skills and knowledge that I have been able to put to use in the workplace and I’m already developing those skills in my new role,” said Sophie. “I’m really looking forward to helping to organise events and providing the best service possible in the newly renovated venue.”

Councillor Jenny Else, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Culture said: “We are proud of all our apprentices and committed to supporting their development. Sophie is a shining example of how successful apprenticeships can be and how those seeking a different route from college or university can forge a solid career path that will set them up for the future.”

Apprentices are helped by Waverley Training Services to gain their qualification and are supported by their line manager. They also get paired with a buddy to support them and benefit from the advice and support of existing apprentices.

In total, 19 of Waverley’s past apprentices have gained full time employment once their apprenticeship was completed, either with the council or with another establishment.

Waverley Training Services has over 30 years experience of delivering fully funded work based qualifications and apprenticeships, which each of our apprentices will benefit from.

More information about Waverley’s apprenticeship scheme can be found by going online www.waverley.gov.uk/wts or by contacting 01252 725872.

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