Award categories included Team of the Year, Mentorship, and a special Chairman’s Award, as well as awards for different levels of apprenticeship.
Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans, presented one of the awards. He said: “All our nominees have been put forward by their colleagues who want them to be recognised for their hard work and commitment to excellence. Reading through the nomination papers, it strikes me that we are extremely lucky to have such a strong cohort of talented and dedicated apprentices working for Hampshire, and managers and mentors who make the effort to bring the best out of them.”
Councillor Stephen Reid, Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance, also presented an award. He said: “Whether they are young people just starting out on a public service career, or longstanding employees returning to education to learn new skills, our apprentices’ work ethic and motivation to make a difference is humbling. With staff like these, the future of service delivery in Hampshire is in safe hands.”
Hampshire County Council currently has more than 70 trainees and has signed up more than 100 apprentices since April 2018. The County Council is committed to developing its apprenticeship scheme by expanding the range of new programmes being made available at all levels from Level 2 to a Masters at Level 7.