Apprentices celebrated in Sandwell

By Harriet Evans | Sandwell | Education | Published:

Sandwell Council celebrated the achievements of apprentices during National Apprenticeship week.

Edward Barber, Rebecca Evans, Councillor Danny Millard and Olivia Cleaver

The week kicked off with a hugely successful Careers in Sandwell event, attended by more than 200 people.

The event, which had a special focus on apprenticeships, included job vacancies, support and advice and the chance to chat to Sandwell Council apprentices.

Sandwell College hosted an apprenticeship awards evening.

Winners included Sandwell Council's Olivia Cleaver, Edward Barber a former dairy farmer completing a plumbing and heating course and Rebecca Evans who works in the nursery at Christ Church Primary School.

Apprentices gave a presentation to the council's cabinet, where they told their first-hand account of their experiences.

Councillor Danny Millard, cabinet member for skills and employment, said: "Since I became a cabinet member I have had the privilege of being involved with and promoting the great work of our apprentices.

"There are some really outstanding apprentices working for the council and in businesses across Sandwell, I've been so impressed with our apprentices that I wanted to showcase their achievements to my fellow cabinet members.

"Our apprentices are an inspiration to us all and show the high aspirations of Sandwell."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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