Friday, 16 September 2016

New Planning Apprentices

We have two new planning apprentices who have joined us here at Brighton & Hove City Council!

Caitlin Deller, 18, and Jack Summers, 25, are doing a Level 3 Planning NVQ at Chichester College.

Jack: "After college, I worked in retail for a few years and then moved to administration in the council. I enjoyed working in the planning team so pursued an apprenticeship when the opportunity arose. I chose an apprenticeship as it's a way to become qualified and start a career in a field I am interested in"

Caitlin: "I used to go to Varndean College and I completed a Level 3 Early Years diploma. This course was 2 years, and once I had completed it I was in search of an apprenticeship. I have been in this apprenticeship for almost a month now and am really enjoying it. It is a great opportunity to gain qualifications, learn new things and earn money in a work-based environment all at once. I wanted to learn something new so decided that an apprenticeship would be the best way for this."

Thursday, 15 September 2016

New Apprentice Video

Apprentices from Brighton & Hove City Council have created a new short film all about apprenticeships!

They talk about what it's like to work at the council and give advice to people who are interested in doing an apprenticeship.

The apprentices worked together with Little Fury Films

Check out the video

Friday, 29 July 2016

Check it out: Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships have developed a website to make it easier for parents, teachers and governors to find out more about apprenticeships. 

There's also lots of handy info for people thinking of doing an apprenticeship themselves!

On the website there is an Apprenticeship Pack, which is a free resource that enables students aged 16-19 to easily explore the range of apprenticeships available, including higher and degree levels. It contains 35 interactive tasks and activities for students to work through with five teacher-led summary sessions.
There is also a range of inspirational and informative films, helping to explain apprenticeships.

If you need more information and advice on apprenticeships, then check out the website here!

You can also find Amazing Apprenticeships on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Check it out: Get In Go Far

A new government campaign was launched recently that hopes to encourage young people to kick start their career by doing an apprenticeship.

The campaign shows young people, parents, teachers and employers that work-based routes into employment are no longer 'second best' to a university education and highlights the top quality opportunities available in some of the thousands of businesses.

Their new website has lots of useful information all about apprenticeships and pages for parents, teachers and employers.

There's also a section where you can check your eligibility for an apprenticeship.

So, if you are ready to start looking for an apprenticeship head over to the Get In Go Far website and start your career today!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Apprentice Ambassador's Facebook Page!

We've now got a Facebook Page!

Like it to keep up to date with all our news and current apprentice vacancies.

Find it here

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Myth Busting Apprenticeship Misconceptions

There are a lot of misconceptions about apprenticeships out there so we've decided to set the story straight!

  • You can't do an apprenticeship if you don't have A-C in functional skills Maths and English

This isn't true! A level 2 apprenticeship is equivalent to GCSEs and you can do your functional skills alongside it.

  • You can only do apprenticeships in traditional manual jobs

There are apprenticeships available in over 250 professions. This includes ICT, journalism, law, veterinary nursing and media, along with the traditional ones, such as construction and plumbing.
You can see a list of lots of different types of apprenticeships here.

  • Apprenticeships are just for people who don't get into university or college

False. An apprenticeship is just a different pathway to university and college. Someone may choose to bypass uni and go straight into the work place via an apprenticeship as they want to kickstart their career and start earning straight away.
Some people do an apprenticeship and then head to uni after, with a better idea of what they should study to get them on the career path they want. Apprenticeships provide qualifications that are equal to college and university levels. There are even degree level apprenticeships now!

  • Apprentices get terrible pay
Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, currently at the rate of £3.30 per hour. But that is just the 'minimum' that you can be paid and many companies and organisations pay more.
You can see the average salary per year for different types of apprenticeships here.

  • Apprentices are disadvantaged because they do not have a degree

No. Apprenticeships offer a wealth of different qualifications and training. Apprentices also gain lots of experience and will have many of the skills that employers will be looking for. There are now degree level apprenticeships where apprentices will split their time between university study and the workplace, gaining a full bachelor's or master's degree while earning a wage and getting experience.

  • Apprenticeships are only for young people
Apprenticeships are open to anyone 16 or older. There is no upper age limit.

If you have any questions about apprenticeships, leave a comment and we will get back to you.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Apprentice Graduate - Liz Moore

Liz Moore
Apprentice ambassador, Liz Moore, has finished her apprenticeship with Brighton & Hove City Council and will be moving to a new job at the end of May.

Liz was a Revenues and Benefit apprentice in the inspectors team and helped with admin work alongside studying towards the IRRV level 3.

Her apprenticeship was taught through Escalla who would come and visit Liz every six weeks to see how she was getting on. Liz was able to complete her qualification in the office and would submit her work online.

Liz will be moving on to her new job at Lewes District Council as a caseworker. She will be dealing with people, benefits, rents and council tax.

Liz said: "I'm sad to leave Brighton & Hove City Council behind and the team I have worked with, but I am looking forward to learning some new things and hopefully remaining in contact with the team I've worked closely with."

"Thank you to everyone in BHCC that made my time here so enjoyable."

Liz is doing a charity boxing event for Cancer Research on Sunday 3 July. She will be doing three two minute rounds. 

If you would like to sponsor Liz visit her JustGiving page.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Apprentice Gets The Chance To Shadow Councillor

Steph and Councillor Tom Bewick with
apprentices from Creative Process
Post 16 Team apprentice, Steph Baker, recently had the chance to shadow Chair of the children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Tom Bewick.

This was for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, of which Steph is part of the team for the Brighton & Hove City Council.

Whilst Steph was shadowing Cllr Bewick they went to Creative Process, a training provider for apprenticeships in digital marketing, media and IT.

Cllr Bewick and Steph heard all about the kind of training that is offered and they spoke to some of the apprentices that were there doing coursework for their qualification.

Steph then asked Cllr Bewick about apprentices and how they benefit the council.

He started by saying that the council has around 50 apprentices but he doesn’t think enough young people, around the 18-25 age range, are being represented. He said the number of apprentices at the council is a good start but they should be doing more and “all areas of the council should have an apprentice.”

When asked what apprenticeship he would do, Cllr Bewick said he would be interested in one in advanced engineering, as he isn’t good with his hands and so would like to improve on this.

Finally, Steph asked what advice he would give to someone just starting their apprenticeship and Cllr Bewick said: “Make sure you are getting the most out of the experience. Don’t be afraid to ask for more challenges and training.

“Remember that your opinion is just as valid as anyone else that works there.”

Monday, 25 April 2016

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge Community Project

The BAC team
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge team have organised to do their community project with Brighton & Hove Foyer.

The Foyer Federation is a not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform the circumstances of young people who have faced barriers in their lives.

 They provide up to 10,000 16-25 year olds per year with mutually agreed, tailor-made programmes which give the young people access to housing, learning, personal development, training and employment opportunities in line with their needs and goals.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s team will be meeting up with young people who get support from the organisation to put on a table tennis tournament for them.

They will also give a talk about apprenticeships, provide advice and answer questions that the people from The Foyer may have.

The team are going to then organise a mentor service for any of the young people who are interested in becoming an apprentice.

This will enable the young person to have a contact, who has gone through the process of writing a CV, applying and starting an apprenticeship, which they can talk to and ask questions about the experience.

The apprentices decided that they should work together with The Foyer for their community project as they can help the young people who come down to the event, but will also be able to help them over the long run by being a point of contact for any who are interested in an apprenticeship.

It will also create a link between The Foyer and Brighton & Hove City Council apprentices, who will then be able to work together in the future.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Council apprentices shadow CEO for the day

Georgia, Geoff & Theo
Two apprentices from Brighton & Hove City Council left their jobs for the day to shadow the Chief Executive of the council.

Georgia Easteal and Theo Duncumb Rogers spent the day with Geoff Raw seeing what it's like to be the CEO of an organisation such as the council as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

They started their day with a tour of the old police cells museum, which is housed in the basement of Brighton Town Hall.

They learnt all about the history of the police service in Brighton and Sussex, such as the death of Henry Solomon, chief constable of Brighton police in the late 1830s.

After the tour, they returned to the CEO’s office where the two apprentices sat in on meetings, one of which was with representatives from Coffin Mew who were there to speak about, and promote, investment in the city.

Georgia and Theo spoke to Geoff about apprenticeships and what his views were on them.

He started by saying, if he had the chance to do an apprenticeship, he would go for one in creative arts, as he had wanted to go to Art College.

Geoff went on to say that the 18-24 age range is under represented at Brighton & Hove City Council and the demographic makeup of the city should be better represented.

When asked how apprentices have benefited the council, Geoff said: “they bring new energy, new skills and they look at work with a new pair of eyes.”

The CEO said apprenticeships should be available across all areas of council business and he would “Encourage all managers to work hard to bring apprentices in.”

“Why wouldn’t we want to achieve great things?”

If anyone from Brighton & Hove City Council is interested in shadowing members of ELT then get in touch with Lauren Eagle.