Around Ealing February 2018 | Page 14

APPRENTICESHIPS Musawar Khan This way for a career Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular route to enter the world of work, earning while you learn. And there are more than 100 opportunities available right now, reports Jordan Smith. E aling Council offers two apprenticeship schemes: One working within the council itself, and one working at local businesses. The next round of vacancies at the council will be advertised in April, so you can start to find out more now. And there are 129 vacancies waiting right away with local businesses, thanks to the council’s Ealing Apprenticeship Network ‘I DEFINITELY MADE THE RIGHT DECISION’ Musawar Khan, 19 began his apprenticeship at Ealing Council over a year ago, working at the Copley Close estate regeneration project. Each council apprentice works within a council team as well as studying for vocational qualifications. It involves a one-year training agreement with the option of a second year, and an allowance starting from £210 per week. “An apprenticeship appealed to me because I wanted to gain experience early on,” said Musawar. “I wasn’t too keen on going to university and having to pay student debt in the long term. With an apprenticeship you get your qualification and a salary alongside all the other benefits that come with it. I definitely made the right decision. It’s a great opportunity to get your foot in the door early on.” In September Musawar was awarded 2017 Ealing apprentice of the year ‘THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR ME’ Ellis Donaldson, 18, started an apprenticeship at the council in its safer communities team last year. She said: “My apprenticeship has allowed me to gain experience across a wide range of activities. I’ve really enjoyed the variety, especially when every day is different. Copley estate regeneration site 14 around ealing    February 2018 at the council’s annual awards. He is working towards a level 3 qualification and would then like to continue his career in the housing sector. He added: “I’ve learnt a lot of things on the job and I’ve got to network with a lot of interesting people from different backgrounds, all while gaining new skills and getting paid. So I think apprenticeships are not just good for the professional aspects but also from a social perspective. It’s a really good scheme.”