Cheshire East Council looks to CSA for apprenticeship training
14 September 2020
As a leader in apprenticeship training programmes, Cheshire East Council has over 200 different types of apprenticeships in more than 1,200 different areas.
Being the first local authority in the North West to see the true value of apprentices, Cheshire East Council provides the opportunity to study, learn and grow in a chosen career, whilst receiving an income.
Apprenticeships vary, and one of the most recent programmes is focused on compliance. It specifically delivers training and qualifications to become a Regulatory Compliance Officer. Rick Hughes, Community Protection Manager at Cheshire East Council has played a key role in this course, helping to detail the programme and implement further learning within the Chartered Trading Standards qualification framework.
When it came to finding a professional apprenticeship training provider for this programme, Rick thoroughly explored the options available to him through organisations on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers before choosing the Credit Services Association due to its professionalism and communication skills: “We chose the CSA as we felt their engagement with the Heads of Service was impressive,” Rick says.
Rick notes that working with the CSA has been a good experience: “They are clear in what they expect and are encouraging during our meetings. They make the paperwork straightforward and easy to understand, working with them has been a pleasure.”
The Regulatory Compliance Officer apprenticeship equips employees with the skills they need to become a trading standards officer, where they will help businesses and the local authority itself implement and comply with their regulatory and legal requirements.
The apprenticeship standard is varied and provides unlimited opportunities, with the choice to take on different tasks and specialise in areas such as environmental health.
The apprenticeship has proven popular; the two spaces advertised received more than 80 applications. Rick says that the lucky two apprentices have been with the Council for a year now and enjoy the course: “The apprentices are loving it; they are really enjoying every aspect of their learning and interacting with the CSA team,” he says.
Rick believes that the public sector can learn a great deal from the private sector. In the past, trading standards professionals have typically come into the profession through university, but due to a lack of courses now available, the public sector has had to embrace apprenticeship programmes.
“This is the first time trading standards have used apprentices and now local authorities are learning that this is the only and best way to get new blood into the profession. We have learned to use the apprenticeship scheme properly and I don’t think as a profession we have ever done that until now,” he concludes.
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