Gwynedd Council invests £ 900,000 in career opportunities

Date: 18/10/2021

As part of Gwynedd Council’s commitment to providing quality career opportunities for local people through the medium of Welsh, the authority is investing £900,000 in its apprenticeship scheme over the coming years.

So far, a number of apprentices have gained skills and started a career with Gwynedd Council in areas such as care, civil engineering, IT and administrative roles.

The scheme offers the people of the county the opportunity to begin their career path in their communities working with experienced staff as well as gaining relevant qualifications.

Councillor Nia Jeffreys, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Corporate Support, said:

“As one of the county's largest employers, the Council has a responsibility to ensure a career path for the people of Gwynedd that enables them to develop skills and develop experience and qualifications whilst working here in their communities.

“I'm so proud of what we've been able to achieve so far, leading the way in offering quality apprenticeships in a workplace where everything happens naturally through the medium of Welsh.

“As well as gaining experience in the workplace, the apprentices gain professional qualifications, and ten apprentices have already secured permanent jobs with the Council.

“With a number of apprentices benefiting from a positive start to the career, it is also very exciting that there are plans to appoint at least 60 new apprentices in the period up to 2025.

“I am also very pleased that the scheme has enabled us to offer people opportunities in new areas that challenge traditional stereotypes. There are many examples of women who have been appointed as apprentices, in areas that have historically been associated with men, such as civil engineering, and there are male apprentices working in areas such as care.

“Our experiences have highlighted that there has been a lack of bilingual provision in apprenticeship provision in Wales. I am therefore pleased that we are able to make a positive contribution in this area and that we continue to encourage partners such as colleges working with us on these schemes to offer the vast majority of their provision through the medium of Welsh.”

The Council will shortly be advertising opportunities to join the authority as an apprentice. For the latest, visit www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/apprenticeships