Glowing report for Council's Apprenticeship Programme
21st November 2019
The Highland Council Modern Apprenticeship Programme recently achieved a top grading following a three-day Quality Assurance Assessment from Skills Development Scotland.
The Council's Modern Apprenticeship provision has been designed so it can utilise current resources to deliver high quality training to new and existing employees. Feedback from the assessing team highlighted that the Council fully demonstrated that it is meeting all the standards with strong strengths and exhibiting best practice.
Recent additions to the programme have been 20 Early Years Practitioners and the Council is on track to have supported 191 apprentices as part of the programme by the end of this financial year.
John Greig joined the Highland Council as a Youth Trainee in October 2018. Recognising his potential, the IT department elected to give John the opportunity to complete an SVQ in IT and Telecommunications. Modern Apprenticeships are not always available for Youth Trainees due to the time constraints, but because John applied himself to his studies he was able to complete the qualification in short order, testament to his diligence and hard work.
On top of this John was awarded the Trainee of the Year award at The Highland Council Awards ceremony last Thursday and has now secured a full-time role as a Digital Service Officer
Lily Scrimgeour started her apprenticeship in October 2017, coming straight from school working in Corporate Resources. Lily said: "This experience has allowed me to improve aspects of my job and my personal life as it has given me a deeper knowledge of the importance of prioritising tasks and time management. My apprenticeship has not only provided me with career skills, but it has also provided me with many social skills that will be beneficial when developing into future roles".
Lily has completed her apprenticeship and Scottish Vocational Qualification in Business Administration and now has a post as a Revenues Assistant in Corporate Resources.
Highland council members today (9 December 2019) wholeheartedly gave their support to a report to Council on tackling gender-based violence. Highland Council has been working closely with trade union colleagues and Close the Gap to create a zero-tolerance culture towards gender-based violence.
Highland councillors today approved the findings of a public consultation supporting the introduction of a Highland Transient Visitor Levy and committed to further work to develop an optimal scheme for Highland. The results of more than 6600 responses gathered through online and face-to-face surveys, alongside a pre-consultation with the tourism industry and written submissions received from representatives from the tourism industry and local communities were considered by Members.
Members have approved a proposal to substantially increase the payment to foster carers at the meeting of Highland Council today, Monday 9 December 2019. The new payment proposal recognises the valuable role of foster carers in providing a home and care for the most vulnerable children within their Highland community.
Voters in the three Highland constituencies for the UK Parliamentary general election of: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are being reminded by Returning Officer Donna Manson that their vote matters. On Thursday 12 December voting begins with all Highland polling stations opening their doors at 7am and remaining open for voters until 10pm.
New guidance for parents and carers who wish to apply for deferred or early entry to Highland schools for their children has been approved (subject to some additional conditions agreed) by Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee. The guidance is helping to deliver the Council's Programme priority to ‘expand early years provision and provide the best start for young people across Highland’.
A question from Councillor Ben Thomson to Highland Council meeting next week. To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What reassurance can the Council provide that it is applying discretion where appropriate to the imposition of the 200% Council Tax rate applicable to empty homes? i.e.
Members will be asked to approve a proposal to substantially increase the payment to foster carers at the meeting of Highland Council on Monday 9 December 2019. The new payment proposal recognises the valuable role of foster carers in providing a home and care for the most vulnerable children within their Highland community.
The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council. The Council has a statutory duty in terms of Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to review its scales for the fares and other taxi related charges every 18 months.
Improving literacy and numeracy is giving more young people a better chance of fulfilling their potential in life. Highland Council is committed to tackling poverty and inequality and enabling all our children and young people to reach their full potential, with a focus on reducing the attainment gap for those from more disadvantaged communities across the Highlands.
Helen Budge, Director of Children's Services at Shetland Islands Council, has taken up the mantle as Lead Officer for the Northern Alliance. She will be supported in leading the improvement collaborative by a quality improvement manager, working with Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Highland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland councils to improve the life chances of children and young people.
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