Apprentice Council

Purpose

Apprentices’ views are sought and used to improve our apprenticeships.

Structure

Herefordshire and Worcestershire will each have a Council with effective communication between the Chairs.

Membership – Each Council will be made up of:

  • 2 Apprentices from the 1st Year Commerce Group
  • 2 Apprentices from the post 1st Year Commerce Group
  • 2 Apprentices from the 1st Year Engineering Group
  • 1 Apprentice from the 2nd Year Engineering Group
  • 1 Apprentice from the 3rd Year Engineering Group
  • 2 Staff Member to support and facilitate
  • Other people such as H&WGTA Directors and Employers can attend and input if agreed by the Council

Criteria for Membership

Apprentices who are willing and able to give their time and effort to give their views on a variety of topics (both H&WGTA and Apprentice initiated) and input these to Council meetings and when appropriate gain the views of their group

Outputs

  • Documented recommendations

Selection of Council Members

  • Apprentices – selected by their group (can serve for the duration of their training)
  • Staff Members – appointed by the Chief Executive

Selection of Chairs

  • Elected by the Council from post 1st year members (can serve for the duration of their training)
  • Frequency and dates of Meetings – 4 scheduled meetings per year in November, January, March and June.  Additional meetings can be arranged at the request of the Council.

Benefits for Apprentices

  • Apprentices will have a means of inputting their view to influence Apprenticeship developments
  • Apprentices will have a communication channel and community for training, work and social activities

Benefits for Council members

  • Experience of consulting, voicing their own and the views of their group, attending meetings, putting plans into action.
  • Documented evidence of these.

Benefits for Council Chairs

  • Training on running meetings and delegation.
  • Experience of chairing meetings.
  • Documented evidence of these.

Benefits for the Association – Apprentices views and needs are at the heart of developments

H&WGTA initiated topics

  • Improving the promotion of our Apprenticeships to young people – Current profile in schools and colleges – Recommendations on future promotion and communication methods
  • Nominated charity for the year – fundraising and social/sporting events
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Environmental and sustainability
  • Behaviour, welfare and safety
  • Citizenship
  • Quality of teaching and learning
  • Resources, building and equipment
  • Advice, guidance, support and progression
  • Arranging activities during apprenticeship week/displays etc.
  • PRT
  • Open evenings
  • Career Evenings
  • Residential week updates
  • PRT – mediate with apprentices/staff concerns on going