Apprenticeships help out at Community Centre

14 March 2018

NINE apprentices from Newark and Sherwood District Council, and three from Newark and Sherwood Homes, helped to prepare and clean up a community centre as part of an initiative to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

The group spent the week at Hawtonville Community Centre, which will soon become the home for Reach Newark, a registered charity that supports more than 200 people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.

The apprentices worked with Reach service users to clear space to allow for more storage, to make sure all equipment is easily accessible and to clear old notice boards so they can be used to display notices and artwork.

The district council champions apprentices having recruited 22 in the last three years with nearly half of these being offered full-time employment with the council. Further apprenticeships in construction have been created through our capital investments in the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre and the National Civil War Centre.

Rebecca Firmin - Community Arts and Economic Growth Apprentice, said "An apprenticeship is an incredibly invaluable experience and an excellent way to build your CV and learn while working. Plus it's for all ages, not just 16 year olds!"

"As part of my apprenticeship I have worked on a number of different and diverse projects and can now add those to my CV. My CV is much more comprehensive now and more interesting to an employer because of the experience I have gained."

Tracey Mellors - Business Manager Human Resources and Legal, said: "The council is very committed to helping young people and it knows that funding apprenticeships can help with youth unemployment, as well as finding talented young people within local communities. We need to develop our young people ensuring they have the knowledge and skills that they need to progress in the future."

One of those outcomes of the Hawtonville Neighbourhood Study was to encourage increased usage of the centre and improve its value to the community and this initiative will assist with this. The building suits the requirements of Reach Newark while the terms of any agreement will ensure that the building remains an important community facility.

The nine apprentices from Newark and Sherwood District Council who took part were Olivia Davis (communications Apprentice), Liberty O'Neill (HR Apprentice), Alex Wroughton and Chloe McCabe (Finance Apprentices), Alex Oxberry (ICT Apprentice), Jake Burroughs (Apprentice Web Developer), Rebecca Firmin (Community Arts and Economic Growth Apprentice), Jordan Everington (Grounds Maintenance Apprentice) and Byron Webster (Waste Management Apprentice). Chloe Rowberry (Business Administration Apprentice), Aaron Sarafat (Apprentice Surveyor) and Ben Forde-Shaw (Apprentice Plumber), from Newark and Sherwood Homes, also took part.

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