Six apprenticeships to be created by Hartlepool Council from Seaton domes cash boost

PLAN: Alastair Smith
PLAN: Alastair Smith

SIX new apprenticeships are set to be created by Hartlepool Borough Council using funding from an unexpected cash boost.

The local authority is looking to create a neighbourhood apprenticeship programme aimed at getting young people into work while also enhancing the enforcement service in town.

It follows a decision to use £80,000 of clawback money from the Sports Domes, in Tees Road, Seaton Carew, to be used to create more enforcement officers for a period of two years.

A report by Alastair Smith, assistant director of neighbourhoods, outlined the proposals and said the funding was a “welcome opportunity” to improve the service area.

It read: “Of the newly formed workforce, two members of staff will play a pivotal role in reconfiguring the new service area, which in itself will be supported by the introduction of a Neighbourhood Apprenticeship scheme.

“Working in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education and the council’s organisational development team, apprentices will be appointed within the concept of Street Care.”

Service areas include enforcement, refuse, cleansing, grounds maintenance and highways.

Mr Smith added: “It is anticipated up to six apprentices will be recruited under this scheme (unit costs determining final numbers) with each apprentice achieving a wide range of skills, knowledge, qualification and experience over a two year period.

“The Neighbourhood Apprenticeship Scheme will not only allow participants to gain new skills and increased employability, but it will also enhance the already Council commitment to apprenticeships.”

Hartlepool Council was awarded an unexpected cash boost after accepting a confidential lump sum from the Sports Domes in exchange for the release of the authority’s financial interest in the development.

The council agreed to ring-fence the money for projects including employing two new enforcement officers to help tackle problems with dog fouling and littering.

The plans will be discussed by the neighbourhood services committee on Monday, May 12, at the Civic Centre at 9.30am.