With the squeeze on access to education and the scarcity of secure employment, working people have found it much harder to find decent, well-paid jobs with a guarantee of ongoing training and career development.
UNISON has, therefore, been delighted to sign a Local Apprenticeship Agreement with Darlington Borough Council which recognises the high quality apprenticeship scheme implemented by the Labour-led council.
UNISON Regional Secretary, Clare Williams congratulated Councillor Stephen Harker on establishing apprenticeships which would bring new jobs: creating life long careers benefitting the local community and strengthening the local economy.
Clare Williams, UNISON Regional Secretary, said, “UNISON congratulates the council on its high quality apprenticeships and is pleased to sign the Local Apprenticeship Agreement in recognition of the council’s scheme which guarantees apprentices high quality training. In addition, the apprenticeship scheme allows for the upskilling of existing employees, opening new career paths and building resilience in the workforce”
Duncan Rothwell, UNISON Regional Organiser said, “The apprenticeship agreement recognises Darlington Borough Council’s apprenticeship scheme as investing in future careers rather than ‘cheap labour’ whilst also providing appropriate job supervision, pastoral support and clarity about rights and responsibilities. UNISON continues to work in partnership with the council, to support apprentices in their workplaces”.
Councillor Stephen Harker, Leader of Darlington Borough Council
Duncan Rothwell, UNISON Regional Organiser