Most businesses across the UK will know this week was the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, with many events taking place to celebrate the now widely recognised path in higher education. Apprenticeships are fast becoming an alternative to University for many, enabling a fast-track route into starting a chosen career. Apprenticeships also allow the local economy to grow its own local talent by developing a driven, skilled and qualified workforce. Frome Town Council currently has two apprentices: Allan Bennett and Hannah Paniccia. Allan is the Council’s first Planning & Regeneration Apprentice, supporting the work of the Planning & Regeneration team. Allan’s formal training programme includes studying for a post-graduate qualification in town and country planning. Allan has recently been accepted at UWE to do a Master of Science in Urban Planning.
He said “When I saw the opportunity at FTC I knew it was the right choice for me. My apprenticeship means I’ve gone straight into a working environment, providing me with key practical knowledge and hands-on experience, and after qualifying I’ll have a strong footing to pursue a career in Planning. Apprenticeships can be challenging, especially when living independently but it has given me a great opportunity to kick-start my career. I would encourage young people to seriously consider it as a route into working life”.
This is Hannah’s first week, she is undertaking a Finance and Administration Apprenticeship, she explains “I chose to do an apprenticeship as I get specialised training in a subject that really interests me. Once I’ve completed the course I’ll have valuable and recognised credentials.”
FTC is also currently working with Frome Community College to establish an Apprenticeship Training Academy and virtual hub with the aim of providing 25 apprenticeship opportunities with local businesses in its first year. The College has further plans to create a ‘Next Step Hub’ for students to prepare them for the world of work with soft-skills development, work experience and career guidance; giving young people confidence and additional qualifications for the next stage in their aspirations.