Recruitment drive to boost Northumberland’s future workforce

Steve Mason, chief executive at Northumberland County Council.
Steve Mason, chief executive at Northumberland County Council.

Northumberland County Council is set to launch a recruitment drive for 160 apprentices, making a £1.75million commitment to providing opportunities for young people in the county.

The financial investment secures the future placements across the organisation, in schools and with local employers.

Over the last five years, the local authority has taken on more than 1,000 apprentices, with schools in the county taking on more than 200.

The county council’s apprenticeship programme will grow leading up to 2020 to offer apprenticeships from entry to Masters level, with recruitment starting this month. Apprentices will be supported by apprenticeship coordinators, who will provide mentoring and advice.

Steve Mason, chief executive of the county council, said: “Apprenticeships are incredibly valuable to the council and to businesses in Northumberland. We support hundreds of apprentices each year and they play a huge role in the work that we do.

“We are about to start a recruitment drive in May for 160 new apprentices, with the commitment that by 2020 we will be supporting up to 400.”

For information about apprenticeships with Northumberland County Council, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Learning/Apprentice.aspx or email apprenticeships@northumberland.gov.uk