Meet some of the apprentices who work for Ipswich Borough Council:
I’m in my second year of my Horticulture and Landscape Operative Apprenticeship with the Parks team at Ipswich Borough Council. Starting this Apprenticeship has been a complete career change for me and over the last year I’ve felt more confident that working outside with nature is the right path for me. Being able to work in Chantry Park and the surrounding areas every day is fantastic, I really enjoy working with nature, learning new skills every week, and working alongside some really knowledgeable colleagues. Over the past year I have planted flower beds for the Benet Aldred House, helped build a play area in Holywells Park, maintained rose beds in Chantry and Bourne Park, and helped wildlife rangers plant wild flower banks. The sense of giving something back to the community and helping out the environment is enormous and I would encourage anyone who has an interest in nature or is looking to change paths to have a conversation with the team and get involved with the apprenticeship scheme.
The apprenticeship in Waste and Cleansing has been very beneficial for me for the few months I have been here so far. My colleagues have been very supportive and have helped me understand any areas within the job that I have any issues with. I have learnt a lot in a very short amount of time and everything I have learnt will help me in my future career. I would recommend this apprenticeship to anyone who is interested in waste and cleansing or if they are interested in any manual work.
Sophie is undertaking an HR Apprenticeship with IBC and is enjoying the wide variety of work in a busy Human Resources Team. Sophie has already gained her CIPD qualification.
Harry joined IBC as an apprentice in the community support team in 2021 and is busy working towards the last phase of his qualification. Harry is particularly enjoying the anti-social behaviour elements of his work.
I am doing an apprenticeship with Ipswich borough council to become an electrician. At the end of the apprenticeship I will be a fully qualified electrician with a life-long career. I found out about the opportunity from an online advert, the application process was very easy to follow, I was selected for an interview and was lucky enough to get offered the job.
Since starting, I have had a great time learning the trade with great mentors. I've learnt many additional skills separate from the trade itself, such as time management and important people skills from working with both customers and colleagues. Throughout my year-and-a-half working for IBC I have been well supported with practical skills whilst at work plus help with the theory that I learn at college.
I would recommend an apprenticeship with Ipswich Borough Council to anybody who feels an apprenticeship is the path they want to take.
Read here about the benefits you receive whilst working as an apprentice at Ipswich Borough Council.