Updated: Jul 6
Milton Keynes Council Celebrates its 100th Apprentice.
The Council has apprentices working in dozens of teams, from Social Care to Trading Standards, to school-based Occupational Therapists. Apprentices earn a real living wage while studying for a qualification, learning on the job as well as in the classroom for on average a day each week.
“I’d been at my previous employer for 13 years, and this apprenticeship has allowed me to completely retrain in an area I may otherwise have struggled to move into.”
Apprenticeships are for people of any age or level of experience, and MK Council’s current apprentices range from 17 years old to over 60. Council apprenticeships run from six months to three years with a permanent job typically offered at the end.
MK Council has just appointed its 100th apprentice: Alan Mcilroy is studying for a degree in Building Control Surveying at Wolverhampton University, and has joined the Building Control team.
Alan said: “I’d been at my previous employer for 13 years, and this apprenticeship has allowed me to completely retrain in an area I may otherwise have struggled to move into.”
“My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship is not to be put off by preconceptions that they’re just for school leavers. They’re a great way to facilitate a career change and are suitable for people of all ages - I’ll be 43 when I finish mine!”
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