Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilTHE Council is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with a number of events celebrating the work of apprentices across the borough, culminating in a charity abseil in Guisborough.

Starting on Monday, March 14 council apprentices and those from partner organisations will be taking part in a number of activities to highlight the wide variety of apprenticeship roles available to young people.

As well as the abseil from Guisborough Viaduct, activities taking place during the week include the completion of an accessibility scheme at Kirkleatham Museum allowing wheelchair users to better explore the site’s woodland as well as a team from the council competing in an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style event featuring teams from other Tees Valley authorities.

More than 45 apprentices currently work for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council in areas ranging from social work to Saltburn’s Victorian Cliff Lift as well as legal, HR and neighbourhoods.

A feature of the week will be a series of short videos on social media featuring a number of former apprentices who have been promoted to full-time roles within the council on their experiences going through the apprenticeship programme.

Many of them will join current apprentices, fellow council staff and elected members, in abseiling from Guisborough Viaduct on Thursday, March 17, to raise money for charity. The charity hoping to benefit from everyone’s bravery is Man Shed, a campaign run by Footprints in the Community which supports men made redundant – or recently retired – in meeting with people in a similar position and bringing them together as a group.

Cllr Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Leisure, said: “I am glad the council is once again supporting National Apprenticeship Week and highlighting all the great work apprentices are doing.

“Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular way for young people to progress from full-time education into the work place, and the skills they learn allow them to progress further into becoming key members of full-time staff. I hope more businesses across the area see how talented our apprentices are and look themselves at starting an apprenticeship programme.

“I’m also taking part in the abseil and would ask anyone who is interested in sponsoring anyone taking part to contact Paul Healy on 01642 774774.”

To find out more about apprenticeships at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, go to www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/apprenticeships.