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National acclaim for council apprenticeship programme

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Dudley Council has made it into the region’s top five in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

The local authority was selected for the macro employer category for the West Midlands and went up against a number of well-known regional and national organisations. Severn Trent Water, Mitchells and Butler, Stonegate Pub Company and Poundland also received nominations from the judges with JCB excavators taking first place.

Dudley’s submission documented a transformational increase in the number of apprenticeships and an extensive range of programmes across all directorates and schools. It also demonstrated how apprentices have learnt new skills and put these into practice in the workplace, taken further progression onto higher level apprenticeships and career routes and how promotional events such as careers fairs have helped to recruit.

Councillor David Vickers, deputy leader at the council, said:

This is a prestigious award scheme and getting into the top five demonstrates our commitment to apprenticeships for both new and existing staff from all levels.
This is the second accolade we’ve received for our apprenticeship programme in just two years, as we were ranked 43rd in the top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Awards 2020.
As a learning organisation, apprenticeships are a huge part of our culture and offer a genuine route to developing a highly skilled, resilient and future fit workforce to deliver excellent services to our communities and businesses.

An online awards ceremony was hosted by former apprentices from across the region. It was attended by Minister of Skills Alex Burghart MP and Peter Mucklow, director of apprenticeships at the Employment and Skills Funding Agency which organised the event.

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