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Spotlight on Hounslow apprentice

Hounslow Council will host its annual Journey to Apprenticeships event to mark National Apprenticeship Week, which runs until Friday 18 March.

The main event, which takes place on Thursday 17 March, 4-5.30pm, at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, TW3 4DN, will see apprentices who are currently working at Hounslow Council talking about their experiences so far. Speakers include those who are going on to more permanent positions at the council and those moving on to gain further experience elsewhere.

There will also be a chance for young people who are thinking of taking up an apprenticeship after they finish full time education, as well as those who have not decided what they’d like to do, to get first-hand advice and information.

The event will feature a question and answer session with current apprentices talking about how and why they applied for the scheme, how an apprenticeship has helped them and their journey so far.

Rosie Hayward, 20, of Hounslow, who left school without gaining any qualifications wanted to better herself and the life she wanted to give to her young daughter.

She said: “I was nervous about where to begin as apart from no qualifications, I also had no experience.  I applied to Hounslow Council and was then offered a two-year apprenticeship in the Traffic and Transport department. I am gaining new skills and if I can continue to meet expectations, my wage will be increased and I can also gain qualifications alongside this.”

For Ralston Pereira, 18, also of Hounslow, applying for an apprenticeship at Hounslow Council was the step up following his studies at West Thames College and working part-time as a sales assistant. He says this will help him gain invaluable work experience before embarking on university and completing his education.

He said: “I work in the Central Processing Unit here at the council and I have been involved in processing invoices, dealing with post and payments for our customers.

“I want to continue my apprenticeship up to level three and after that I want to go to university, complete my education and get a job.”

Hounslow Council has recruited more than 60 apprentices into their award-winning programme over the last 18 months, with the apprentices representing young people from different backgrounds across the borough.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Communities, Hounslow Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the apprentices who are being recognised at the event, on their successful apprenticeships with us.

“I know some will continue their careers with the council, while others will be able to look for jobs elsewhere with a solid background they have gained in their time with us here.

“The event is also a chance for young people across the borough to find out what an apprenticeship is all about, whether it is something for them and to get help and advice.”

Find out more about Hounslow Council Apprenticeship Scheme visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/workhounslow

If you would like to attend the ‘Journey to Apprenticeships’ event, email tomi.moronkola@hounslow.gov.uk

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