South Wootton place for apprentice

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A Lynn youngster has secured a permanent position with South Wootton Parish Council thanks to an innovative apprenticeship scheme.

21-year-old Ryan Harrowing was taken on after an 18-month joint apprenticeship with the parish council and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

South Wootton Parish Council approached the borough council to see if there was a possibility of a shared apprenticeship as they didn’t have enough work for a full-time apprentice, but were keen to help a young person.

After a formal interview process Ryan was appointed to work two days with the parish council and three days with the borough council.

He worked in the borough council’s Walks team where he undertook the full range of grounds maintenance duties.

Cllr Nick Daubney, leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “We have had great success with our apprenticeship programmes and I am really pleased that this is another success story.

“Ryan demonstrated commitment and dedication and applied his on-the-job learning from the borough council to projects with the parish council.

“I wish him every success for the future and hope his story helps encourage other local employers to think about how they could help young people.”

Chairman of South Wootton Parish Council, David Price, added: “Ryan has really taken to this role. We were very impressed with the quality of his work.

“He was quick to learn from his peers and is keen to carry on with his development. We are delighted to be able to offer him this position and have made a firm commitment to his ongoing training and development.”

Ryan said: “I am really pleased to be offered this position and am grateful for the support I have received from my managers, co-workers and team leaders.

“They helped me all the way through my apprenticeship and shared their knowledge and experience with me.”

Ryan is the third apprentice to gain permanent employment with or via the borough council after completing the Corporate Apprentice Scheme.

The others were Luke Simon, who became a recreation assistant at Alive St James, and Martin Gibbs – who now has the post of trainee procurement officer.

Any young person interested in becoming an apprentice with the borough council can register their interest on the recruitment section of the borough council’s website.