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Hampshire Highways in safe hands for the future

Monday, 10 March 2014

Apprentices working on Hampshire's highways took a break from dealing with flooded roads during Apprentice Week to meet with Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward.

The Apprenticeship programme at the County Council helps people gain key skills while training towards nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are a minimum of 12 months, and are fully supported by a member of staff who ensures apprentices progress in their studies and develop their expertise.

Hampshire County Council's apprentices in Highways are working as highways technician apprentices at depots in Bishops Waltham and Totton, and in Safety Engineering, learning how to provide technical support to help maintain the highway network, and design, build and manage construction projects. The apprentice technicians are studying through day release at Southampton City College for an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians, and a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.

Young apprentices at the County Council's term maintenance contractor, Amey, are on an 18-month apprenticeship programme working at highways depots around the county learning many different skills including heavy patching tarmac, fixing potholes, working on drainage and laying kerbs.

Amey's Apprenticeship Scheme provides young people with a structured career and self-development programme over 18 months. This includes studying towards recognised professional qualifications including NVQs, completing work placements, on-the-job training and achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "Hampshire County Council's apprenticeship is a positive investment for Hampshire, both in terms of providing young people with a good start to their careers, and also to ensure that the engineers of the future have the right skills to take care of Hampshire's highways. The apprentices we support, train on and off the job, working towards a professionally recognised qualification, while learning how to use new technology, work in teams and solve problems along the way."

David Ogden, Amey's Account Director in Hampshire, said: "We're committed to fostering talent and investing in young people in Hampshire. Our apprenticeship scheme helps us build up our workforce with skilled, enthusiastic staff and also helps tackle local youth unemployment. We';re really impressed with the calibre of the young people in Hampshire who have joined us as apprentices over recent years, and will be recruiting more this year."

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