County Council apprentices build a path of their own

As National Apprenticeship Week (5-10 March) gets underway, ten apprentices from Hampshire County Council are showing how much their career paths have been boosted – by creating a path of their own to help others

Mar 6 2018

Apprentices gathered on the new steps

The apprentices have been making improvements to a path at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, to help improve access for less-mobile visitors. Their efforts are also helping to raise the profile of apprenticeships, and their value to both employers and trainees.

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “Our apprentices are adaptable, motivated and quick learners. Nowadays, a great many people want, or need, to earn while they’re learning – and apprenticeships have opened up a huge range of careers to those people; even at degree level. By making skilled jobs accessible, we’re not only providing opportunities, we’re building our workforce for the future.

“Royal Victoria Country Park is a place we want everyone to be able to enjoy, and the work the apprentices are doing today will make it more accessible to all. That’s also what we want for career-seekers – access for all, not just those who’ve been through more established or traditional routes.”   

The team of ten apprentices, from a variety of Hampshire County Council services, worked together to remove a number of dilapidated steps on the path, and replace them with new steps and an accessible surfaced slope, suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. The group was supported by Royal Victoria Country Park’s Heritage and Community Engagement Officer, Michele Meek.


The team of apprentices included:





Letitia Barron


Bishops Waltham

Apprentice Administrator in Waste and Resource Management

Owen Ridler



Trainee Technician in Transport Engineering

Matthew Ellis



Degree Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, Highways

James Atkinson


Hedge End

Apprentice Technician, Highways Engineering

Connor Cox-Jennings


Kings Somborne, Stockbridge

Apprentice Technician, Highways

Charlie Burden



Trainee Technician, Highways

Ethan Paine


Hedge End

Apprentice Infrastructure Design Technician, Highways

Joshua Saunders


Four Marks

Degree Apprentice Building Surveyor

Daniel Randell



Degree Apprentice Building Surveyor

Joe Moulding



Administrative Assistant in Economy, Transport and Environment


Apprentice Joe Moulding, from Andover, said, “It’s been really good today, learning new skills and meeting new people. We’ve been making steps and a path for people with buggies and wheelchairs. In my apprenticeship, I normally work in an office, so this is totally different. I’m enjoying the apprenticeship too. I had never worked in an office before but everyone is really welcoming and I’m learning a lot. I have no idea what I want to do next – but I think the apprenticeship will help me make my future plans.”


Joe says apprenticeships are ideal for those who feel they want something different to the traditional education routes, such as university. “If you want to study, but uni doesn’t feel right for you, an apprenticeship could be a great option. If you’re considering it, I’d say go for it!”


Hampshire County Council currently employs more than 100 apprentices in a wide range of roles such as accountancy, health and social care, surveying, business administration and catering.  With regular recruitment campaigns in different professions taking place throughout the year, the number of apprentices at the County Council is steadily rising.


Apprenticeships are now available at many different levels, including higher and degree level, for those that wish to study on the job rather than go to university.


For more information about becoming an apprentice, or hiring one, visit To see Hampshire County Council’s latest vacancies, including any apprenticeships currently open for applications, visit:


Photo shows (left to right): Josh Saunders, Owen Ridler, Daniel Randell, Letitia Barron, Ethan Paine, Connor Cox-Jennings, Charlie Burden, James Atkinson, Joe Moulding and Matt Ellis.