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Kent County Council recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer!

Kent County Council recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer!

Our Partner Kent County Council have been named in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list which was announced in 2016

Kent County Council have been named in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place on 26th January. The list is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

We spoke with Employability Development Officer, Chris Homewood to see how they made this achievement possible…

What is the Top 100 list and why do you think Kent County Council (KCC) were included in it this year?

The top 100 list includes outstanding companies who entered the National Apprenticeship Awards in 2015. I think we’ve been included in the list this year because we’ve managed to increase the number of apprentices we employ and tailored our scheme so that apprentices feel part of a family and are provided the opportunity to develop as a person.

We recognise and reward good work in various ways and encourage them to take part in our staff clubs, such as Aspire, the young people’s staff group which organises social events giving them a chance to integrate with their peers.

Why do you think KCC are a good place for a young person to start their career and why are apprentices important to us?

We offer a variety of opportunities ranging from administration to project management at all levels. The programme not only supports the learning of our apprentices but also brings great benefits to the services and departments they support.

Manager feedback says apprentices improve staff morale and increase productivity, giving existing staff the opportunity to mentor and reflect on their own work.

What progress have KCC made as an employer and what are the future plans?

We’ve come a long way over the past 12 months and have made a commitment to be a role model to other businesses in Kent on the importance of apprenticeships. We aim to build on talent year after year and increase the skills of young people and adults in our organisation, whether they remain employed with us or within other Kent businesses.

We have a target of placing 140 starters each year, through our Apprenticeship Pathway, Work Experience Programme and Traineeship Programme.