Council features staff Upskilling Apprenticeships in support of National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Posted on: 7 March 2019

Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (NAW 2019), has been showcasing the incredible opportunities undertaking a higher level business apprenticeship can bring.

A range of activities and events have been hosted across the country, aimed at challenging the outdated views many people still have about apprenticeships.  Higher level business apprenticeships are a great path for people at any stage of their career from those starting out, to those re-entering the workforce, or those wanting to reskill or change careers.

In support of the National Apprenticeship Service and NAW 2019, Mid Devon District Council now offers Upskilling Apprenticeships to its staff.  One such apprentice is Simon Newcombe, Group Manager for Public Health and Regulatory Services.

Simon is working towards a prestigious MBA with the University of Exeter Business School, undertaking a Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship accredited by the Chartered Manager Institute (CMI).  The University of Exeter Business School is one of the UK’s leading institutions, ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Business, Accounting and Finance in The Complete University Guide 2018.

Simon is part-way through his two-year course covering modules such as, to name a few, leadership, operations management, strategy and managing people and organisational change.

Simon said:

“My course, which is assessment based, is delivered through a combination of on-campus teaching and distance learning, and is applied to the work I could be expected to undertake for the council.  During my course, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and network with senior leading peers from both the public and private sector.

“There’s a common misconception that apprenticeships are only for young people looking to get into a skilled profession.  This is simply not true.  People of any age can do an apprenticeship, not just to retrain and change career, but as in my case, to ‘upskill’ and progress further within an existing role”.

Training & Development Officer Helen Duke said:

“We currently have 9 staff undergoing Upskilling Apprenticeships within our organisation and we’ve chosen to offer these as we recognise the return investment to our business, in terms of productivity, growth and overall success.”

To find out more:

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 4 to 8 March 2019.

The annual celebration of apprenticeships brings the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

For more information about National Apprenticeship Week 2019, visit

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