These are just a few members of staff who started their careers with Ipswich Borough Council as apprentices. Look where they are now!
Nat joined Ipswich Borough Council as an Apprentice Plumber and really impressed his manager and the team he worked with in Disabled Adaptations.
Nat successfully completed his apprenticeship and is now working for the Council as a qualified Plumber.
Nat’s manager said: "Having an apprentice has made a great deal of difference to our team. Nat has been a willing and capable student and has undertaken all aspects of plumbing within the department. Nat's willingness to learn made him a pleasure to teach and he has adopted the work ethics required to work here."
"I started as an ICT Apprentice after finishing Sixth form. I didn’t want to go to uni so was looking for apprenticeships when I came across this one on the apprenticeships.org website.
I gained an advanced level apprenticeship certificate in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms. I also gained an MTA in Windows server administration.
My apprenticeship helped me gain promotion to my current role. After being an apprentice for at least a year you’ve settled in quite well, know most of the software and applications, and have dealt with most of the common problems so you’re already pretty well suited to the role."
Jack began volunteering in Christchurch Park, helping with gardening tasks such as weeding, pruning and using a leaf blower to keep the play areas tidy. When an Apprentice Gardener role became available, Jack applied and was able to use his volunteering experience to demonstrate the skills he could bring to the role.
Two years on, Jack has qualified as a Gardener through the Ipswich Borough Council apprenticeship and succeeded in gaining a Technician contract in our parks.
Watch our video of Jack and his colleague Lee talking about their Parks' Apprenticeships.
"I started out as an Apprentice in the ICT service desk team, which I discovered through the IBC website and felt it really suited me.
I wasn’t keen on going to University and liked the idea of being able to learn and earn at the same time.
I am now a qualified member of the ICT service desk team and my apprenticeship has allowed me to gain nationally recognised qualifications, including BTEC Level 3 in ICT Systems and Principles and a Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence in IT and Telecoms.
My apprenticeship has helped me to learn about life in the work place and gain important and useful skills which I can continue to develop every day. I am grateful for the opportunity that Ipswich Borough Council has given me and enjoy working in my new role."