More than 1,000 apprenticeships delivered in Chesterfield between 2017-2018

This National Apprenticeship Week, Chesterfield Borough council says residents are benefiting from opportunities thanks to it's 'Apprentice Town' initiative.

National Apprenticeship week runs from 4 to 8 March and celebrates the work carried out by apprentices of all ages.

In 2017/18 1,120 apprenticeships were delivered in the borough.

One development which is benefitting from local apprentices is The Skylarks development on Dunston Lane building two to five bedroom family homes in 15 different designs.

The developer, William Davis Homes, has employed four local people as apprentices.

Apprentice, Kieran Moulds said: “The benefits of doing an apprenticeship is that you actually get to do more practical work than theory - you do theory at college but I prefer to do more practical.”

Gary Long, apprentice manager at William Davis Homes added: “From day one, all of our apprentices have shown tremendous application, from interview to present day.

“They give 120 per cent both on-site and off-site; their work ethic is second-to-none.

As a partner in the Apprentice Town initiative, the council is committed to offering and promoting apprenticeship opportunities for local people of all ages.

Councillor Terry Gilby, the council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “We think apprenticeships are really important; it gives a lot of people a chance to find employment.”

“Apprenticeships are not just for young people – it doesn’t matter what your age is you can take up an apprenticeship and learn new skills.

Apprenticeship opportunities available at the council and with other local employers are listed on Chesterfield Borough Council’s website. More than 50 are currently available to apply for.

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