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Apprentice scheme gets 10 out of 10


A new apprenticeship programme has resulted in all 10 young people being placed in permanent jobs within a county council.

The scheme – run by Jigsaw Training working with MITIE – was delivered over the course of the last year as part of the government’s Work Programme.

The apprenticeship framework, ranging from intermediate to higher level, was designed with the help of employers to attract new young people into facilities management and upskill the existing workforce with qualifications.

Samantha Greenwood, Business Innovation and Change Manager at MITIE said: “It’s pleasing to see all 10 of the apprentices in permanent posts which makes all the training worthwhile.

“The training has been invaluable and has prepared all of them for the world of work so it is satisfying to know that they can now get their hands on a role.”

The apprentices will join the facilities management services team run by MITIE for Essex County Council which delivers maintenance and care services including technical, call centre, cleaning and plumbing.

The scheme was devised as part of MITIE’s 10 year contract with Essex County Council and MITIE will be recruiting further apprentices in the region as part of its commitment to investment in young people.

James Blackhurst, Managing Director at Jigsaw Training said: “We designed this programme around the needs of Essex County Council to ensure they get employees who are ready to hit the ground running.”


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