Eastbourne To Host Apprentices

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Councillor Rupert Simmons
Eastbourne is to help young people ready themselves for the workplace. The County Council’s new highways contractor Costain.CH2M has pledged to hire apprentices every year of its contract and has announced the first 10 opportunities in varying roles. “We are very pleased to begin the new contract by offering work opportunities to apprentices,” said Catherine Tipton, East Sussex Highways Performance, Social Value and Sustainability Manager. “We hope that our efforts will help upskill East Sussex residents and contribute to the local economy.” A work readiness taster week will take place in Eastbourne from Monday, July 25, for young people who are interested in this opportunity, followed by work experience during the following week with Costain/CH2M. Participants will then be able to apply for a role with Costain/CH2M. The successful candidates will start a two-year supervised programme, where they will be supporting civil engineers who design, build and manage construction projects, and will attend Sussex Downs College one day a week working towards a BTEC in Construction and Built Environment and Technician Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Apprentices will be paid a salary of £12,700, which amounts to around £240 per week, will work for 40 hours a week, and will have the potential at the end of the two years to continue working with Costain/CH2M and study further. To apply for the apprenticeship, candidates will need to; • have (or be predicted) a minimum of five GCSEs, with grades A* - C in maths and English. GCSE passes with grades A*- C in STEM subjects such as physics and ICT would be an advantage but are not essential • be available to attend the work readiness week from July 25 to 29 and be able to pass functional maths and English tests conducted by Sussex Downs College, and any other assessments • be able to start the full time apprenticeship in late August 2016. Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for economy, said: “We are delighted that our contractors are offering a real contribution to the local skills arena as an integral part of their service. “By taking on apprentices with a civil engineering focus, Costain and CH2M are actively contributing to the growth of two of our priority sectors -construction and engineering - and they are also enabling our local colleges to expand their curriculum offer, so that they can better meet the needs of local employers.” To register interest in attending the work readiness week and applying for this opportunity, candidates should email apprenticeships@eastsussex.gov.uk making sure to state ‘ESCC Highways Apprenticeship’ and provide a name, date of birth, address, contact telephone number and current or predicted GCSE grades.
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