Ealing Council and partners have reached an important milestone in helping residents retrain and upskill, by supporting more than 750 people into an apprenticeship.
Since 2018 we have worked closely with training providers and local businesses to deliver this target and we are looking to help further residents into apprenticeships.
Over the past year, around half of all apprenticeships have been in education and childcare, around 20% in business administration, 7% in construction and 5% in health and science.
750 apprenticeships in Ealing
“Apprenticeships are a great way to earn a wage while gaining a nationally-recognised qualification,” said Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for decent living incomes for Ealing.
“Many young people are gaining the skills for life which are so important for business and Ealing’s economy.
“Compared to a university education, they can be life-changing and a fast and reliable way to get qualified whilst getting paid in a real job,” he said.
And it’s not just young people who are benefitting. An apprenticeship is available to anyone who is at least 16 years old and not in full time education.
Samira began a Level 2 apprenticeship with the council in 2018. Hear from her about her experience of being an apprentice.
“Before becoming an apprentice, I worked at Heathrow Airport but had to leave my job to look after my children. I then had a few temporary roles but I wanted to do more for myself and my family.
“At the beginning of 2018 I found an apprenticeship at Ealing Council but thought I might not qualify because of my age. I was pleased to find out that apprenticeships are open to people of any age.
“I was able to secure an apprenticeship in the council’s planning department. My managers were brilliant and helped me throughout my apprenticeship. I’m now in my second year as a planning validation officer.
“It’s never too late to follow your dreams and build your future,” Samira added.
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Good jobs for Ealing
Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs is the council’s action plan that sets out the short-term actions that are needed to help Ealing’s economy recover from the pandemic. The plan sets out a number of key priorities for the council and its partners including helping residents into gainful employment by making it easier for them to find jobs, retrain and develop new skills for growth sector employment. Focus will also be on protecting and nurturing existing businesses and encouraging local employers to work with the council to create good jobs.
Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs is the council’s commitment to help the borough get back on its feet and create a sustainable economy.