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Mayor awards certificates to 33 apprentices

Young apprentices had their NVQ certificates presented to them by the Mayor of Lincoln on Thursday.

Certificates for Business Administration, Team Leading and Customer Services and Accountancy were presented to 33 apprentices at the Guildhall.

Of these apprentices, 94% have either gone into a further apprenticeship scheme or gained a full time job at the City of Lincoln Council.

The apprenticeship scheme at the City of Lincoln Council, launched in 1995, has a 100% NVQ achievement rate.

Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee said: “It’s great to be given the chance to commend the hard work that the apprentices have put into the City of Lincoln Council over the past year.”

“Our apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to earn whilst they learn the skills that will develop them into excellent employees.”

Danielle Huggins, Craig Cooper, Victoria Horne, Georgina Gregory and Charli Whittaker will now go to Lincolnshire County Council to pursue a further apprenticeship.

Tom Snook was awarded Apprentice of the Year in January at the Lincolnshire and Rutland Employment and Skills Board.

Denise Dowse and Ben Newton were nominated as runners up in the Business and Horticultural category, and Thomas Clarke was nominated for Learner of the Year.

“The apprenticeship scheme is a great way to put your foot through the door into the world of work,” said apprentice Farrah Cornwell, who received her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.

“I would highly recommend it to anybody who is looking for an alternative to college or university.”