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Apprentices shine again

Two apprentices have made Hounslow Council incredibly proud by winning a prestigious local competition.

Gurpreet Lotay, 19, and Khammy Sandhu, 21, both from Hounslow, triumphantly saw off opposition from other teams representing several local businesses in the borough in the Spark! Network Challenge.

Spark! Network Challenge, run in conjunction with Thames Water, saw both apprentices join forces with ambassadors from local schools to compete against six other teams to show their skills in a number of different areas.

They had to demonstrate how best to troubleshoot and budget by taking part in a scenario involving the rebuilding of a new water system. The teams had to show problem-solving skills and find a workable solution to the challenges they faced.

Hounslow’s apprentices scored maximum points in each round which saw them win first place.

Gurpreet, an Electoral Services apprentice, and Khammy, a Trading Standards apprentice at Hounslow Council, were presented with their awards by Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth.

Tomi Moronkola, Internal Apprenticeship Coordinator, Hounslow Council said: “Once again our apprentices have proved they possess a range of sought-after skills and that they’re very capable, intelligent and talented. Well done Gurpreet and Khammy.

“This is our third award in the last six months and we’ve had apprentices highly commended for four other awards. But we’re not stopping there, we’re committed to looking for more potentially award-winning, ambitious and talented young people we can recruit to our apprenticeship programme.”

Hounslow Council retains many of the apprentices they take on, with around 70 per cent securing long term employment at the council once their apprenticeship is finished. The Skills and Employment team works alongside local businesses to find positions to help young people get employment and training opportunities.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This is fantastic news. We’re extremely proud of all our apprentices and our apprentice scheme we run here at Hounslow Council.

“I was once an apprentice myself. It’s all about being given a chance to start on the career ladder. I think it’s so important that we can give an opportunity to young people in our borough to gain experience in a real life work environment.

“The aim is to provide them with the confidence and skills to land a position for themselves at the council or go elsewhere to forge a career, having had that vital opportunity.

“We’re committed to helping local people into employment, secure local jobs and we are successfully doing this through our Careers Coach service and apprenticeships programmes.

“Congratulations to all our apprentices on their awards and also all those involved who work hard to make sure we have schemes like this to offer our young people.”

Hounslow Council will host an event for Year 10 to 13 students and their families on Thursday 17 March in the Council Chambers, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, from 4pm, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

There will be a chance to find out about the apprenticeship programmes, what apprenticeships are available and the benefits for joining the scheme.

Places are limited, so book ahead by emailing Tomi.moronkola@hounslow.gov.uk

For more on apprenticeship programmes at Hounslow Council visit http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/jobs/workhounslow/supportingintowork.htm

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