Placements and Opportunities
An Apprenticeship is a form of vocational training based on a mixture of work-based and theoretical learning.
Apprentices are a fundamental investment for the organisation and will assist Hampshire County Council to ‘grow our own’ and ensure the talent, knowledge and skills we already have are utilised and passed on.
A skilled workforce is vital to meet the challenges of the global economy, especially in these uncertain times. More than 130,000 companies are now using Apprenticeships to help them succeed in business. The Government is determined that the public sector should join and lead this trend by offering more Apprenticeship places – at present the sector accounts for less than 10 percent of all apprentices.
As a first step during 2009, Hampshire County Council introduced an Apprenticeship Pilot Scheme placing 22 apprentices, aged between 16 and 24, across a number of areas of the organisation and this has now expanded to over 100 including professional apprentices and Internships.
Internships Plus is a specially supported apprenticeship aimed principally at 16 - 18 year old care leavers who are likely to find themselves NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
The council already has a rich and multifaceted approach to supporting young people through the work of its Children’s Services Department. This new initiative is designed to feed into the Council’s Apprenticeship programme and is offered as a key component of the Council’s ability as a major employer in Hampshire to bring about positive employment outcomes locally.
National unemployment figures to end December 2010 showed that almost one million 16 – 24 year olds were out of work and that youth unemployment had risen to 20.5%. The figures for care leavers were even bleaker, with 33% of 19 year old looked after children not in education, training or employment.
The aims of Hampshire County Council's Work Experience programme are to demonstrate the diversity of roles and opportunities within the Council, encourage Hampshire resisdents to consider a vocation within local authority and support schools by offering work experience/work placements to young people that are exciting, interesting, and challenging.
Work experience is an opportunity to learn about a particular job or area of work. During a placement, you will learn the skills employers want when they're looking for someone to fill a job vacancy, grow your self-confidence and develop communication skills.