Apprenticeships - Celebrating our success

Our Apprentices are fantastic and have made some amazing contributions to not only the organisation but to the people of Cumbria.

Below are just a few of the fabulous achievements they have made recently.

Congratulations to colleagues who joined the County Council as Highways apprentices and have now progressed into new roles.

Karl Melville, Senior Manager for Highways, told newsroom: "It's fantastic that our apprentices are doing so well in our Highways teams and I wish them every success for their future careers."

Well done to Oscar Chatterley and Scott Eccles who have recently been promoted to Team Leader roles in the West. Scott started with CCC as a Trainee in early 2017 and quickly displayed the behaviours that were look for in an apprentice before going on to secure an apprenticeship in Construction Civil Engineering alongside Oscar.  They both then went on to secure Highways Operative posts in the summer of 2018 before finishing their apprenticeship in 2019.  One of the mottos of our apprenticeship programme is 'We'll take you further' and these apprentices have shown that through an apprenticeship you can take the first steps to achieving your career goals.

The fact that they have now progressed to Team Leader roles is testament to their hard work and dedication within their roles and to the success of our well established/high quality apprenticeship programmes within the Highways Teams.  

We invest in our apprentices, they are supported and mentored by our dedicated staff and make a positive difference to the people and communities within Cumbria.

And best wishes also to ten more of our recent Highways apprentices who have now secured permanent new roles in Highways. They are:

Civil Engineering Technician Apprentices

Jack Harrison - Jack started his apprenticeship in September 2018 He has now secured a full-time role working as a Technician in the Carlisle Network Team.

Scott Watson - Scott began his apprenticeship in September 2018. He is now an Assistant Technician in the Carlisle Network Team.   

Callum Banks - Callum started his apprenticeship in May 2019. He is a real asset to the Allerdale Network Team as their new Technician.

Rainy Canavan - Rainy started as an apprentice in September 2019. Rainy is now working in the Allerdale Network Team as an Assistant Technician.

Kai Cunningham - Kai started on a traineeship in Highways between September 2018 and February 2019, before securing an apprenticeship from April 2019. He is now an Assistant Technician with the Copeland Network Team.

Kieron Jenkinson - Kieran started as an apprentice in September 2018. He has now secured a permanent role in the Streetworks Team as a Streetworks Permits Officer.

Andrew Nixon - Andrew started as an apprentice in September 2018 and has now secured a full-time role working as the East Area Bridge Technician based in Parkhouse.

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprentices

Shaun Gregg - Shaun joined in September 2019 as an apprentice within the Highway Delivery Team. He was nominated for Apprentice of the Year in our Excellence Awards 2020. Shaun is now a Highways Operative in Eden.

Lewis Phillips - Lewis joined as a Highways apprentice in May 2019 working within the Highway Delivery Team. He recently secured a position as a Highways Operative in Eden.

Oliver Chapman - Oliver joined as a Highways apprentice in September 2019 working within the Highway Delivery Team. He is now a Highways Operative in Barrow.

The Public Sector Target was introduced by the Government in April 2017 and applies to Cumbria County Council (including schools) as an employer with at least 250 employees. 

The Target requires the Council to employ an average of 2.3% of its headcount as new apprentice starts each year.

YearEmployeesEmployeesNew apprentice starts% of new apprentice starts
2017/2018On 31 March 2017:113012191.94%
2018/2019On 31 March 2018:112112282.03%
2019/2020On 31 March 2019:116432742.35%