Celebration event for top apprentices

Inspired: Coun Devaney
Inspired: Coun Devaney
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THREE young people have told a special reception how they have benefited from the county council’s apprenticeship programme.

The reception was hosted by county council chairman, County Coun Mike Devaney and was attended young people who have recently completed their apprenticeships.

County Coun Devaney said: “Apprentices are the county council’s future and it was inspiring to meet them and their families. We currently have 330 apprentices in our workforce and have supported more than 1,500 in total.”

During the reception, guests heard from three apprentices who have successfully completed the programme.

Azkar Ahmed, 29, from Preston, works as a library assistant for the county council’s cultural services team at Preston Prison.

Abby Stokes, 19, from Fulwood joined the programme soon after leaving school. In her first year, Abby worked for the Lancashire Youth Offending Team (YOT), organising training events for staff and arranging student placements for social workers. In her second year, Abby worked for Fostering and Adoption as well as YOT where she carried out HR duties relating to staffing and recruitment.

And James Thomas, 22, from Freckleton, applied for the apprenticeship scheme to gain professional work experience and he was placed within the executive support team.