Scunthorpe gardener hoping to reap benefit of being nominated for top apprentice award
ONE of North Lincolnshire Council's apprentices has been nominated for a major apprenticeship award.
Edward Brown, 29, currently works in Central Park for neighbourhood services. He began his career two years ago as a modern apprentice in horticulture – before the council launched its young apprenticeship scheme last year.
The nomination comes as the region celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on businesses as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
Edward, who helps maintain Central Park and Kingsway Gardens, said: "I'm thrilled to be so highly thought of and be nominated for this award.
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"I joined North Lincolnshire Council wanting to get as much as possible out of my time here."
The council has created 40 apprenticeships since April last year, with 62 more positions to start in 2013.
Of these, 32 will be within the council itself and the other 30 will be in the private sector.
Edward said: "I think the council's apprenticeship scheme is an excellent idea and gives people valuable experience and the chance to find out what they are good at by giving them the opportunity to learn."
He is mentored by his colleagues in partnership with Riseholme College, near Lincoln – who nominated him for the Lincolnshire and Rutland Apprentice of the Year 2013 award.
This is the second time an apprentice working for the council has been nominated for the prestigious award.
Scott Hiley joined the council as a modern apprentice in horticulture working with neighbourhood services in Barton. He gained the title in 2010 and was offered a permanent job with the council.
Lenny Malloy, tutor at Riseholme College, said: "Edward has shown exceptional motivation and commitment to his apprenticeship in both the theory and practical elements during the programme.
"Edward is passionate about the environment and how this impacts on the local and wider community. His standard of work is excellent and this is reflected in the areas he has helped maintain in Scunthorpe."
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "I'm really pleased for Edward. He is a great example of how the apprenticeship scheme works.
"We continue to invest in apprentices and last year launched our apprenticeship scheme.
"More than 50 per cent of April 2012 apprentice cohort are now in full-time employment, indicating how successful our apprenticeship is at getting young people 'work ready."
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