Praise for Bolsover district apprentices

THIRTY young people from across Bolsover have been recognised for their achievements in the early weeks of their apprenticeship programme after receiving level one certificates.

The apprentices are building on the success of Bolsover District Council’s Apprenticeship Programme that started in 2010 and assisted 106 unemployed people into full time work with a work-based training course.

After this year’s apprentices started in February, they were involved in a variety of practical, physical and theoretical individual and team activities during their induction week.

The common theme was to explore the values and expectations of the workplace and the process gave them an understanding of the invaluable, transferable, soft skills that managers and employers require.

The induction also included an Art of Brilliance workshop that explored positive psychology which looked at the theme of choice and how different individuals react to events .

Bolsover District Council leader Eion Watts said: “The Apprenticeship Programme is proving to be a huge success and we are delighted that another 30 have grasped this opportunity and are doing so well.

“The programme gives young people, who were struggling to get onto the job ladder, that invaluable work experience, the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self esteem and I would like to congratulate them all on their recent exam success.”

The funding for the programme comes from a mixture of Community Regeneration Trust, Working Neighbourhoods Fund and placement partner contributions.

Apprentices also took part in a level 1 qualification in preparing for employment, which covered CV writing, job search, applications and interview techniques over two intensive days.