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Growing our own talent

The council has launched the Slough Academy, which will offer a new approach to its apprenticeships, including for the first time, a range of profession-based roles for all ages.

The Slough Academy will oversee all of the council’s apprentices and the continuous professional development of existing and new staff to provide the best services it can for the residents of Slough and recruit new talent to bridge the skills gap.

Talent of any age will soon be able to apply for the council’s new apprenticeship training programmes, some of which will offer degree level or post graduate qualifications in key professions, such as planning, social work, childcare, leisure and many more.

Cllr Sabia Hussain, deputy leader of the council, said: “The Slough Academy is about developing and growing our own staff, attracting new talent to the council and creating new opportunities in Slough. Ultimately it is about making sure we have the right skills in our workforce to meet the needs of our residents both now and in the future. Our new apprenticeship programmes will help to deliver this.

“So whether you are starting out in your career, or want to further your skills and experience, there is something for everyone.”

All apprenticeships will be paid jobs with competitive salaries and access to all the same benefits as other council colleagues. As well as gaining hands on experience, apprentices will be given 20 per cent of time off-the-job to study and prepare for assessments.

The changes have been introduced following the government’s apprenticeship reforms. Previously, the council offered a small number of NVQ business apprenticeship programmes to school leavers aged between 16 and 19.

New apprenticeships will be rolled out from early 2019 with opportunities advertised on the jobs section of the council’s website.

For further information, visit the council's website.

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