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16 June 2022

Success for highways apprentices who’ve all secured permanent jobs with county council

Cumbria County Council are delighted to announce that all of this year’s Highway’s maintenance skilled operative apprentices have secured permanent roles within the council.

The nine students all began their apprenticeships in September 2021 and have been permanently employed only eight months into an 18 month course, which is an amazing achievement for all involved.

They are all aged between 16 and 26 and had to complete formal interviews alongside external candidates to secure their new positions. This follows the achievements of all students in 2020 who were also permanently employed.

Cumbria Highways has benefitted from an outstanding group of candidates over the past five years with 95% of students successfully finding employment within the service following their highways maintenance skilled operative apprenticeships. 92% of the civil engineering technician apprentices have also been employed since 2019, with others choosing to continue their studies with a civil engineering degree apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship programme involves them attending college one day a week whilst the rest of the week is spent fully immersing themselves in the day to day tasks of the highways service, learning on the job, alongside their colleagues and mentors. They are based at depots across the county and will now all be working as Highways Operatives on full time permanent contracts. They will continue to complete their apprenticeship assessments and exams over the next 12 months.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“The appointments reflect the personal motivation and abilities of these apprentices, who have demonstrated the skills and attitudes the council are looking for as an employer. Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain skills, knowledge and confidence in their chosen profession, with the potential to move straight on to employment.

"They clearly displayed positive behaviours and the potential for ongoing learning and development; they have done extremely well. The feedback from the college has been very positive and their mentors have done an amazing job nurturing them and helping with their progression. They will be a great asset to Cumbria Highways and we would encourage more people to get involved with our apprenticeship programme.”

Councillor Sue Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said:

“This group of students have shown that an apprenticeship with Cumbria County Council can open the door to future careers and provide a fantastic opportunity for people to earn while they learn.

"It doesn’t matter whether you’re joining us straight from school or looking for a career change and the chance to gain a degree equivalent qualification - we have something to suit everyone”.

Phil Jones Trainer and Assessor from Gen2 said:

It was great to hear that all the learners have gained full time positions within Cumbria County Council. It is a credit to them all to secure these jobs so early and reflects the learning and progress they have made at Gen2.”

Cumbria County Council continues its recruitment campaign for apprentices, with roles starting in September. Visit https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/apprenticeships for more information about the county council's apprentice programme as well as dates and times for recruitment events.

From L-R Dan Morris, Callum Smith, Harley Oldfield, Alexander Wallis 


Cumbria County Council are delighted to announce that all of this year’s Highway’s maintenance skilled operative apprentices have secured permanent roles within the council.