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Leisure World scoops award for its apprenticeship scheme

Date issued: 8 March 2018

The success of Leisure World's apprenticeship scheme in supporting hard working young people learn while they earn was recognised at an annual award ceremony last night (Wednesday 7 March).

Colchester Borough Council was named 'Large Employer of the Year' at the Easton & Otley College Apprenticeship Awards 2018 for the apprenticeship schemes delivered at Leisure World Colchester. The ceremony was held at Bressingham Hall, Norfolk as part of the National Apprenticeship Week (running between 5-9 March).

Each apprentice journey at Leisure World is tailored to meet the area of expertise in which the apprentice wishes to make a career in. All apprenticeships include the opportunity to achieve a Leisure Management and National Pool Lifeguard qualification, first aid and safeguarding training, alongside customer service experience.

It has worked with the college for many years to provide academic qualifications to support the knowledge and skills the young people learn while working for the authority. The college is also a key part of the council's new apprenticeship scheme developed following the introduction of the government's apprenticeship levy.

Head of Employer Engagement at Easton & Otley College, Louise Wicks, said: "We would like to congratulate Colchester Borough Council for winning the award at our annual apprenticeship celebration. 

"Our long established and successful relationship with the council goes back over many years and we are proud to work with them. As an employer, they are very keen to help their apprentices' progress within their organisation and we have seen many students move on within their business to take on senior roles."

Councillor Mark Cory, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: "I am delighted our commitment to give young people the chance to work at the council and learn the skills needed to forge a successful career, while getting paid, has been recognised.

"It is testament not just to the drive and determination of the apprentices to learn and develop but also of the staff across our services to support them throughout their journey."

On 7 March 2018, the council held its own special event as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

This showcased the work and experiences of the 10 young people taking part in its new comprehensive apprenticeship scheme. The apprentices have been working in a range of services across the council including Events, IT, museums, Leisure World, and Council Tax and Benefits. The two apprentices working at Colchester Borough Homes were also at the event.

More information on the 7 March event is available here.