Monday, 20 February 2017

Brighton & Hove City Council Competing to be crowned Apprentice Team of the Year 2017

Members of the BAC17 team
Brighton & Hove City Council has entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC17), the search for the apprentice team of the year.

Now in its sixth year, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 sees teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

The council team consists of apprentices from Planning, ICT, Programme Management Office, Environmental Protection, Child Development, Communications and Skills and Employment.

Team Leader, Georgia Easteal, said: “I'm very excited for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge this year, we have a great team of apprentices from a variety of roles and I am very much looking forward to working alongside them over the next couple of months.”

Over the next few months the apprentices will be organising lots of events, such as school visits, meeting with employers and doing a community project to help them win the Challenge and promote apprenticeships along the way.

Pinaki Ghoshal, Director of Families Children & Learning, said: “The Brathay Apprentice Challenge not only allows the current apprentices to develop a huge range of skills that will help them further their careers but also creates an opportunity for apprenticeships to be promoted to schools and businesses.
“It will be great to see our team progress through this challenge and I wish them the best of luck.”

Teams initially compete on a regional level with eight teams then progressing to the National Finals with the Challenge culminating in a four day Logistical and Team Building Finale at Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters from 12 – 15 June 2017.

The apprentice team of the year 2017 will then be announced on 14 June.

The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities. With teams working together on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the apprentices and employers benefit from an enhanced apprenticeship experience.

Follow the team’s progress on Twitter @BHapprentices
For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge visit

Thursday, 2 February 2017

New apprentices join council nurseries

Five new apprentices have joined the council’s nurseries.
Whilst studying towards their Early Years Educator Level 3 qualification they will be working with children aged from 0-5 years.
Their role will be to support the children in their learning and development and ensuring the children receive excellent care.
The apprentices will be learning the curriculum the nurseries use called the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes how to support children’s learning and the policies and procedures that must be followed to ensure quality care for the children and positive relationships with the families.

Joining the nursery teams are:
Ian Godley at Acorn Nursery
Codie Dawes and Liberty Taylor at Cherry Tree Nursery
George Verrall at Jump Start Nursery
Meg Wakefield at Bright Start Nursery

Pinaki Ghoshal, Director of Children’s Services, said: “I am extremely pleased to learn that we have appointed 5 people to work in our nurseries as apprentices. I’m particularly pleased that they are doing Level 3 courses that should provide them with qualifications to work in any nursery across the city.

“They will be supporting young children in their learning and development whilst also earning a wage. When they qualify they should be able to use these skills to work over many years educating future generations of young children across the city.”

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Council apprentice is finalist for Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice Hannah Cydnie, from the Registrations Team, got through to the finals in this year’s Public Service People Managers' Association's Apprentice of the Year 2016.

The last stage took Hannah to a training event at Warwick University where she received coaching and guidance from the judges and facilitators and took part in group activities as well as individual exercises. These exercises and activities formed part of the assessment centre to help determine a winner.

Hannah was recruited as a level 2 apprentice in 2015 and has successfully moved onto a second apprenticeship at level 3. As well as learning how to legally register marriages and supporting citizenship ceremonies, Hannah has been a mentor to a Supported Internship.

Hannah said: “I had an amazing time and it was great to see the other achievements people have made in the local authorities across England. It was a great experience and I am glad I made it to be a finalist for such a great award.”

Monday, 7 November 2016

Meet the new apprentices at Brighton & Hove City Council

From left to right: Sam, Daniel, Edwin & Chris
There are four new apprentices at the council!

Chris Bubloz and Edwin Davies-Arai have joined the ICT team and Daniel Pruce and Sam Hitchin are new Finance apprentices.

ICT Apprentices

Chris Bubloz

Age: 24
Apprenticeship: ICT Technician
Qualification: Level 2 ICT Professional Competence

I had done 2 apprenticeships before in my previous job and this sounded like a great opportunity to finally do a job I would actually enjoy to do.

I left college in 2012 with a job in the college canteen where I started learning to be a catering manager. I then moved to Brighton & Hove City Council and became the assistant manager within the kitchen. Whilst working there I then found out about all of the apprenticeships the council provides and when I looked into it I thought this would be the best way to get into the trade that I wanted to be in.

I have only been here a month but I already feel my team has provided  me with everything I need to do the job. I feel confident enough to do many tasks now which I didn’t have a clue about before.

After I've completed my apprenticeship I hope to get a full time roll as an ICT technician.

Edwin Davies-Arai

Age: 22
Apprenticeship: ICT Schools Engineer 
Qualification: Level 2 ICT Professional Competence

I worked for a long time outside the field of ICT but this never drew much enthusiasm from me. I took some time to think about what I wanted to do and eventually came to the idea of working in IT which I had developed an interest in outside of work. As I had no qualifications in IT, just personal experience, an apprenticeship made the most sense as it gave me the chance to develop skills, work in the area and earn qualifications. The preference of work over university came from my disillusionment with the education system. I feel like I take more away from a hands on approach to learning and wanted to learn relevant skills.

After finishing college at Varndean I did a year of Art foundation at City College. I decided against university and instead I worked as a project manager for Somnowell and later their sister company Somnowell Marketing. My apprenticeship with Brighton and Hove City Council came about very quickly, the process from finding the opportunity to the start of work was very smooth.

So far my apprenticeship has helped me gain a greater understanding of various pieces of software and hardware. In the most part to do with school servers and systems.

I hope to continue on to be a full time IT engineer, after I finish my apprenticeship.

Finance Apprentices

Daniel Pruce

Age: 18
Apprenticeship: Finance
Qualification: AAT level 2 

Before I started my apprenticeships I was doing A levels at BHASVIC. I then chose to do an apprenticeship so I could earn money whilst continuing to learn.

It has helped me to put my skills into practice giving me a better understanding of accounting and finance, and I've gained lots of friendly colleagues, who have been really welcoming."

I hope to complete AAT level 3 and 4.

Sam Hitchin

Age: 19
Apprenticeship: Finance
Qualification: Level 2 AAT Accounting

I studied business studies in college where I discovered an interest in finance. I thought the best way to get a finance qualification was to do an apprenticeship as it would give me experience of working within different finance teams and I felt it was the best route to get a qualification with the experience of a workplace.

So far I have gained a lot of experience of the financial systems, working in a team, and a basic understanding for finance and accounting processes through college and the workplace.

I hope to continue with the AAT course at Brighton & Hove City Council in order to build experience and complete all of the accounting course levels.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Nursery Apprentice

Laura completed her apprenticeship with Roundabout Nursery and has stayed on with them as a full time Nursery Assistant.

Name: Laura Clarke
Apprenticeship: Nursery Practitioner Apprentice
Qualification: Level 3 Early Years Educator

I thought I wanted to be a primary school teacher or a counsellor, so I thought if I got an apprenticeship in a nursery it would give me a good starting point to do that. It would help me learn more about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and I would be gaining experience with children at the same time.

My apprenticeship involved learning the daily routine of the nursery, learning children’s names and any important information about them e.g. allergies, any family issues or if other agencies were involved etc. Making sure I knew the fire procedure and looking through the policies and procedures to make sure I understood them.

I had to attend training to make sure I knew about different topics, especially on equality and diversity and safeguarding. I broadened my knowledge on the EYFS and how we can use it within the setting to develop the children’s learning and understanding. I also learnt how to write planned observations on my key children and see how I could use these to help develop their learning, making sure I recorded notes on them and took photographs as evidence to use on target tracker (a system I can log their progress on). I learnt how the key children system worked, how many each staff member were allowed to have and the buddy system.

My apprenticeship also helped me gain confidence and self-belief, realising that I do know what I’m doing and what I’m talking about and believing in myself would help improve my practice.

I chose to stay on at the nursery full time because I loved working at the nursery, I realised that it was such a rewarding job and you really get to know each child and their families, so I decided to stay at the nursery instead of going on to university. Roundabout Nursery is also a lovely place to work; I get on really well with the staff and really feel part of a team here. Everyone was so welcoming when I first started and really helped me broaden my knowledge and they are always continuing to help me improve and grow through support, opportunity and example.

You can apply to be a nNursery Apprentice on the council's website

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Name: Holly Ryder

Job Title: Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Qualification: Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning

After I finished college I decided I wanted to get into teaching. I didn’t want to go to university because of the fees. I chose to do an apprenticeship so I could start getting experience straight away and also get paid at the same time.

I mainly work with children in year 4 and sometimes year 3 and 5 as well. I support the kids who struggle most with learning. We do fun activities that help them learn the same things the other children are doing, but at a level which is more suitable for them. I also work with some autistic children we have at the school.

During my apprenticeship so far I have gained knowledge of what it’s like working in a school and I have great experience of working with SEN children. It’s really rewarding when you see the pupils achieve something they had found difficult and I love getting to see them grow and succeed.

I hope to stay at Patcham Juniors after I finish my apprenticeship. I would like to try and get my level 3 and eventually I want to become a fully qualified teacher.

I would recommend an apprenticeship to everyone. It’s an amazing opportunity to gain experience, get a qualification and also get paid at the same time. If I’d known I could’ve done an apprenticeship straight after finishing my GCSEs I might have not have even gone to college.

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!