Highways apprentices offered permanent roles with Kirklees Council

Marc, Koris and Joe are Kirklees Council’s latest Highways Team apprentices to be offered permanent roles after successfully completing their apprenticeships.

A small number of apprentices are taken on every two years by the Highways Team, embarking on a two year programme which includes studying to gain their NVQ Level 2 in Highways Maintenance alongside hands on work experience.

Marc, Koris and Joe demonstrate that age isn’t a limiting factor when applying for apprenticeship. At 28 years old, Marc had worked in a number of jobs before applying for an apprenticeship with Highways which offered him a better career path with some long term prospects.

Having passed his apprenticeship and offered a permanent role, Marc is continuing to learn within the role, undertaking LGV driver and winter maintenance training. By further developing his skills Marc can work towards becoming a Senior Highways Operative.

Left to right: Joe Porter, Koris Skibinski and Marc Ethelstone.

Koris started his apprentice at the age of 19, securing this placement as his first job out of college. Now 21, he has successfully completed his apprentice in Highways Maintenance Level 2. An apprenticeship enabled him to learn the theory whilst putting it into practice on the job, building practical skills along the way.

Joe left school at 16 working for a road construction contractor before applying for a Highways apprenticeship with the council. After successfully completing his apprenticeship and gaining a permanent position, Joe will continue to build on his skills and knowledge and hopefully be in a position where he can guide and offer support to new apprentices. When he turns 21, Joe will be able to undertake his LGV training.

This year, the Highways Team have taken on two Civil Engineering and three Highways Operative apprentices. Overall, Kirklees Council Operational Services take on approximately 30 apprentices at any one time across several different placements including highways maintenance, horticulture, civil engineering, transport, green space and transport services.

Records show the council offers employment to approximately 90% of the apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeships.

New apprentices taking on apprenticeships in Civil Engineering and Highways. From left to right… Daniel McGowan, Adam Ayub, Alex Forsythe, Mark Scarr (Head of Highways), Ellie Pickford, Tyler Coupe.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said;

“To be successful as an organisation, we need highly trained staff to carry out the essential work of our operational services for those who live and work in Kirklees. By providing apprenticeships we enable people of all ages to learn new skills, helping them to build new or different futures for themselves.

“I would like to wish Marc, Koris and Joe every success in their career at the council.”

 Councillor Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Corporate said:

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to Marc, Koris and Joe on completing their apprenticeships and welcome Daniel, Adam, Alex, Ellie and Tyler who are just starting out on their apprentice journey with the council.  

“It’s important for the council to take part in such schemes which helps in building a skilled workforce for the future of the council whilst also benefiting the residents of Kirklees. It also enables more experienced team members to pass on their knowledge and skills.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the apprenticeships available at Kirklees Council can find further information at kirkleesapprenticeshipsforall.co.uk

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