Council reception marks end of National Apprenticeship Week

Published: Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Havering Council marked the end of National Apprenticeship Week with a reception to celebrate the apprentices graduating from the Council’s scheme.

Councillor Dilip Patel, Mayor of Havering, with graduates of the Council apprenticeship scheme.
Councillor Damian White, Leader of the Council (right), Councillor Dilip Patel, Mayor of Havering (middle, front), and Andrew Blake-Herbert, CEO Havering Council (middle, back) with graduates of the Council apprenticeship scheme.

Eight graduates from the Class of 2018 were presented with certificates from Council Chief Executive Andrew Blake-Herbert and the Council leader Damian White in the presence of Havering’s Mayor, Councillor Dilip Patel and fellow councillors.

Graduates of all ages took part in the Council apprenticeship scheme which offers an opportunity to earn, learn and train on the job. They completed apprenticeships in business administration, ICT, accountancy and building control.

Councillor Robert Benham, Havering’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families, said:

“National Apprenticeship Week provided an ideal opportunity for us to showcase the breadth of opportunities that are available to people of different ages and abilities across the borough and to hear first-hand from existing and present apprentices.

“Apprenticeships are not only for trade jobs, but are for other careers too, and we are able to offer training in skills such as marketing, business administration and building control.”

The event marked the end of a series of events across the borough.

Earlier in the week more than 460 young people and their families attended a recruitment evening at Hall Mead School in Cranham, where past and existing apprentices were on hand to share their experience.

While in the Town Hall and on social media, we showcased the stories of apprentices and what they gained from being part of the scheme.

Jacqueline Cann, a business administration apprentice, said:

“It was great being able to take on an apprenticeship at a later stage in life and being able to earn and learn new skills in a new career.

“It would have been difficult to change careers without starting an apprenticeship. When you are job hunting most people want you to have experience and this was the perfect opportunity. It’s a good all-rounder.”