The employees who work in a range of cleaning, environmental and
horticultural throughout North Northumberland, were already
employed by the council when they started their Apprenticeship.
Aged between 30 and 64 years old these local environmental
services and cleansing support services apprentices all live and
work in the Berwick area, providing excellent local services to
To help the apprentices successfully balance their work
commitments and the learning and development requirements of the
programme Northumberland College worked with Northumberland County
Council to develop a block release programme. This ensured
that learning took place at the most appropriate time and location
for all involved.
Twelve apprentices followed the Environmental Services
framework; the remaining eight completed the Cleaning and Support
Course tutor, Hannah Coxon, from Northumberland College said:
"These students were highly motivated, a pleasure to teach and very
skilled operatives. We are delighted with their success. They
really embraced the learning opportunity and as a result the group
achieved a 100% success rate."
Andy Rutherford, head of highways and neighbourhood services at
Northumberland County Council said: "Our workforce is our most
valuable resource and recognising and awarding them with
qualifications in the work they are doing is a very good investment
in both time and boosting moral.
"We would recommend the Apprenticeship route not only to
delegates but also other employers as the benefits are there for
both parties. We will be looking for the next cohort of employees
who could benefit from programmes like this."
Claire Larson, Business Development Officer at Northumberland
College said: "This is a fantastic example of how one business has
used the Apprenticeship programme to train and up-skill current
members of staff.
"Apprenticeships are not just for new members of staff, existing
staff can easily start an Apprenticeship programme if they wish to
gain a qualification in their line of work. The business benefits
from a motivated and up-skilled workforce and employees gain
recognised qualifications whilst avoiding course fees."
To find out more about training opportunities available to
businesses contact the college's Business Development Team on 01670
841 268 or email email@example.com
Northumberland College offers Apprenticeships in over 40
different subjects and works with over 700 employers across the
region in a wide range of industry sectors. To find out more visit