Council hosts enrichment day for Essex Apprentices

Picture with James Cleverly MP, Acting Chief Executive Andy Wright and a group of apprentices

Over 30 apprentices from across Essex attended a full day of development opportunities at Braintree District Council last Friday to learn new skills ready for the world of work.

Acting Chief Executive Andy Wright and James Cleverly Braintree MP opened the event on the 15th September which consisted of 4 workshops including an inspirational speech from guest speaker and professional cricketer Lewis Hatchett. The four workshops covered Health & Wellbeing, Personal Safety, Managing Personal Finances, as well as a specially tailored workshop for staff that work in open spaces and carry out home visits on how to Deal with Dangerous Dogs.

The aim of the day was to offer young people in the early stages of their career the opportunity to learn new skills that perhaps they may not have been offered in school or college.

The event had 33 attendees from 8 different local authorities who are all either currently completing an apprenticeship or have been offered full time employment.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “The apprenticeship programme we have at Braintree District Council is dedicated to providing a positive and beneficial experience for our apprentices. It is important they are given the opportunity to gain skills and experience in order to get great jobs in their local area and reach their career goals.”

Councillor John McKee, Cabinet Member for Services and Asset Management said, “Apprentices are such as vital part of any workplace as they have fresh new innovative ideas and are able to see things from a different perspective. This event was all about developing vital life skills and knowledge as well as saying thank you and celebrating the contributions apprentices make. ”