Unemployed and living in the Braintree district? The Green Team pre-apprenticeship programme could be for you

The last intake for The Green Team, with their supervisors

The last intake for The Green Team, with their supervisors

First published in News

Would-be apprentices are needed to join a Braintree Council programme.

Eight volunteers aged 16 and 24 can take part in The Green Team project, which gives those who are unemployed or not in education or training a chance to gain work experience and a qualification over 12 weeks.

Most of those who previously took part later found jobs.

The programme is run by the council with Groundwork Hertfordshire and Greenfields Community Housing and starts next month.

Call Chris Dungate on 01707 260129 or email chris.dungate@groundwork.org.uk by September 1.

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5:07pm Sat 23 Aug 14

cmills says...

Apprentice isn't that someone who learns a trade a skill ? Doesn't it take longer then a few weeks to learn a trade, and whats the qualification ? -after this extensive 12 weeks of high skilled training, cutting brambles back with small motorized hedge trimmers and bow saws. - Do they given end up with a chain saw certificate- I`d like to know ? Rather they end up in some unrelated dead end factory job, which they probably would have got eventually anyway -
Apprentice isn't that someone who learns a trade a skill ? Doesn't it take longer then a few weeks to learn a trade, and whats the qualification ? -after this extensive 12 weeks of high skilled training, cutting brambles back with small motorized hedge trimmers and bow saws. - Do they given end up with a chain saw certificate- I`d like to know ? Rather they end up in some unrelated dead end factory job, which they probably would have got eventually anyway - cmills
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6:53am Mon 25 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

cmills. I think you have been somewhat side-tracked by a poorly written article.

The clue is subtly contained within the title - which refers to a ‘Pre-Apprentice Programme’ - whereas the text of the article seems to imply that the 12 weeks' training leads to a ‘Post-Apprenticesh
ip Qualification’ along with a high probability of employment within the relevant profession.

It would have made more sense if it had said that ‘most of those who previously took part later obtained apprenticeships’. However, if this is not the case then the fundamental aims of the project would seem not to have been achieved in the first instance.

It would be interesting to learn how many of those who previously took part actually became bona fide apprentices within a recognised profession instead of just ending up with ‘any old semi-skilled job that happened to come along’.

I wonder if the journalist who wrote it underwent a successful apprenticeship?
cmills. I think you have been somewhat side-tracked by a poorly written article. The clue is subtly contained within the title - which refers to a ‘Pre-Apprentice Programme’ - whereas the text of the article seems to imply that the 12 weeks' training leads to a ‘Post-Apprenticesh ip Qualification’ along with a high probability of employment within the relevant profession. It would have made more sense if it had said that ‘most of those who previously took part later obtained apprenticeships’. However, if this is not the case then the fundamental aims of the project would seem not to have been achieved in the first instance. It would be interesting to learn how many of those who previously took part actually became bona fide apprentices within a recognised profession instead of just ending up with ‘any old semi-skilled job that happened to come along’. I wonder if the journalist who wrote it underwent a successful apprenticeship? OMPITA [Intl]
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