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Apprenticeship Logo (silhouette of young man and woman).
Stars in the making

With 15 apprenticeships created within Bolsover District Council for 16-18 year olds, and over 90 apprenticeships with a wide range of public and community and voluntary sector organisations, this programme was a HUGE success.

Several brave apprentices agreed to step into the limelight and share their stories. View the short film below to hear from them and their supervisors.

Apprentice Programme - Archive

 

2011/12 Year End

Under the first phase of the Bolsover Apprenticeship Programme, nine apprentices successfully moved into employment during Quarter 4, with five gaining roles with their placement employers. Three apprentices unfortunately left with no secured employment and eight candidates gained their NVQ L2.

The selection, screening and inducting of 30 new candidates for the next phase of the programme funded through Working Neighbourhoods Fund, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and partner contributions was completed in Quarter 4. 30 candidates started on programme on 20 February with a week long induction. This concentrated on team work and employer expectations. All candidates completed a L1 qualification in employment skills. Apprentices, placement partners, funders and training providers also attended an Art of Brilliance workshop as part of the induction week.

All candidates are now placed with their employer partners and will be employed and supported by the programme until they complete in February 2013.

2011/12 Quarter 3

A number of apprentices are now approaching the end of their contracts.  11 achieved their NVQ level 2 this quarter and some are continuing to work towards completing their qualification. A number of additional training has been provided through ‘The Art of Brilliance’ which has been well received by the apprentices and partners.

Some apprentices have left the programme and successfully moved into employment with other employers, but more encouragingly, partners have worked hard to ensure where possible to offer employment opportunities to their apprentices. It is clear to see that during this programme the positive perception of apprentices within partner organisations and the best practice is being shared amongst partners and other local authorities.  

2011/12 Quarter 2

Quarter 2 has been another period of consolidation with apprentices now settled into their placements.  Two apprentices had to be moved to new placements during the quarter due to problems arising at their placements. Two Labour MPs visited the programme in July. Both met a number of apprentices and discussed their experiences and benefits of the programme.

The numbers of apprentices leaving has grown due to contracts naturally ending and a number have found employment (approximately 60% to date).

Four Art of Brilliance courses were run during the quarter. The first half day course was run exclusively for managers and supervisors of apprentices at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Two further half day courses were delivered at South Normanton for managers and supervisors of partner organisations and possible future partners. The fourth course was a full day delivered for all past and present apprentices as well as their managers and supervisors.

Funding has been gained to extend the scheme to offer a further 30 apprenticeship opportunities, commencing February 2012.

2011/12 Quarter 1

Six, week long, Pathways to Progression courses were run between March and the end of June. The course included CV writing, interview skills, communication, application forms, job search, etc. Feedback was excellent and it prompted a number of candidates to start looking for work and to raise the level of their applications.  A combination of the Art of Brilliance and outdoor team building was tried out for a select group of candidates who were ‘more problematic’ or have personal issues that continue to be a challenge.

Five apprentices were paid their framework achievement bonus this quarter. One has gained an award at college as their departments’ apprentice of the year!

As at the end of June 2011, there have been 19 leavers from the programme:

  • 6 dismissed
  • 6 resigned (1 moved out of the area, 1 left due to pregnancy, 2 left to pursue different careers/alternative work, 1 due to personal issues and 1 with no reason provided)
  • 6 entered employment
  • 1 entered self employment

2010/11 Year End

The apprenticeship programme has achieved all of its targets for the year.  This means that a total of 60 apprentices aged 18+, and 15 young apprentices aged 16-18 had been recruited to work within Bolsover District Council or partner organisations since the start of the programme.

Fourteen Apprentices have left the programme for a variety of reasons:

Three dismissed; three gained employment; one started their own business; one end of contract – now employed with partner; one moved out of the area; five resigned.  Overall this represents a positive progression route into employment of around 36% to date.

Eleven Apprentices have completed their NVQ Level 2 frameworks and been paid their bonus; five of these have since moved onto a Level 3 framework.  Two more plan to follow the same route and a further two plan to move onto higher education, in the form of foundation degrees.  This is as a result of their aspirations increasing through their experience of the programme.

The forward strategy of the programme is now being considered and a feasibility study is being undertaken to explore the potential of rolling the scheme out to the private sector.

2010/11 Quarter 3
At the end of December, a total of 60 apprentices aged 18+, and 15 young apprentices aged 16-18 had been recruited to work within Bolsover District Council or partner organisations.

Fourteen Apprentices have left the programme for a variety of reasons:

Three dismissed; three gained employment; one started their own business; one end of contract – now employed with partner; one moved out of the area; five resigned.  Overall this represents a positive progression route into employment of around 36% to date.

No further vacancies are open but the Apprenticeship Team are working with Chesterfield Royal Hospital to fill 15 x 16-19 year old apprenticeship vacancies in admin, catering, health care, IT and stores. Interviews are scheduled to take place early March 2011.

Six week job search and interview skills courses titled ‘Pathways to Progression’ have been arranged to take place in Quarter 4.  Courses will have a maximum of 12 delegates who will gain a completed CV, an understanding of job search methods, the ability to complete application forms and a filmed interview session with feedback.

2010/11 Quarter 2
At the end of September 2010, a total of 43 apprentices aged between 18-24, and 14 young apprentices aged 16-18 had been recruited to work within Bolsover District Council or partner organisations. Only one position for the 16-18 age group now remains unfilled.  The project manager has reported that Quarter 2 was extremely busy in agreeing the finer detail of placements, interviewing large numbers of candidates from both groups, and carrying out pre-employment checks.

Some difficulties were encountered in getting enough referrals and applications from candidates through Jobcentre Plus and Connexions to fill some opportunities and 16-18 referrals / applications were lower than expected.  A pre apprenticeship programme was run through the Chamber of Commerce without charge to the programme.

Bolsover Jobcentre Plus intimated that the programmes running in the area and particularly the Apprenticeship Programme had such an impact on the area's eligible Future Jobs Fund candidates they were having to submit clients that weren’t eligible and then fast track them if successful.

Referrals from the Alfreton area have been poor. It’s unclear if that is due to the eligibility profile of the area or lack of programme awareness. Apprenticeship team members have visited the Jobcentre to increase awareness. Conversations have been had at manager, area manager and regional office level about the situation. Vacancies in the area remain unfilled.

2010/11 Quarter 1
Fifteen new apprentices joined the Apprenticeship Programme in Quarter 1, against a target of 20.  A larger number have been offered placements but the process of employment checks within Bolsover District Council has delayed the process.

Positions have also been found for the majority of candidates for the next quarter and meetings with Derbyshire County Council to finally secure their exact involvement were progressed and are on going.

A celebration event held on 21 May brought all the apprentices and some partners together.  The day included a motivational speaker and a life coach.  In the afternoon managers and supervisors benefited from a coaching and mentoring workshop.

The Programme Coordinator continued to open channels to other projects and organisations, e.g. meetings were held with Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) to look at a possible apprenticeship programme. This resulted in the sharing of material, contacts and advice and DDDC have since started their own programme.

The next quarter will see an increase in recruitment for both the 16-18s and the 18+ age groups. The profile of five more 16-18 starts in September has been increased to ten. This has been achieved by bringing January starts forward. This will take advantage of College start dates in September.  To ensure September starts, interviews have been scheduled for the first two weeks of August.