James Beardwood – Lancashire County Council
DATE 19/02/2019


James Beardwood


Learning Development Officer – Lancashire County Council

Which type of Apprenticeships do you offer?

We offer a wide range of apprenticeships from level 3 to master level across all our services for employees of the authority. This is open to new recruits and existing well established staff in a range of areas which include management, social care, teaching assistants and IT.

Why did you choose to hire an apprentice?

The Apprentice programme has for many years been a key part of how Lancashire County Council has operated. The on-going training and development and investment in employees undertaking apprenticeships develop the individual and the wider economic growth of the region. With the introduction of the Apprentice Levy our commitment in apprenticeships has increased over time and will continue to be a key focus in our strategy to upskill and develop.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about becoming or hiring an apprentice?

The first thing is to think is …Apprentice first!
If there’s an opportunity to recruit hire an apprentice and develop them at grassroots level, and by investing in them you are taking a long term investment in your business.
Also I would say don’t just think about school leaver, apprenticeships are open to all age groups at a range of levels to develop , so why not also think about developing your existing workforce. For those considering an apprenticeship I would high recommend they do it and consider the benefits of work based learning and the skills and experiences they will develop in addition to the qualifications they can achieve.

Please tell us a positive story regarding apprenticeships that you can share?

Over the last 8 years I have worked in the apprenticeship employer engagement team at a local college and I have seen a massive development in the apprenticeships now on offer and the attitudes of many employers across Lancashire positively recognising the value of the training. Apprenticeships are a genuine alternative to the traditional college based education for many school leavers and experienced staff looking to upskill and develop right up to degree level.

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