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Apprentices and graduates
With more than 80,000 residents under 25, Medway has a vast
pool of youthful knowledge. Four universities and a brand new
college show this talent is readily available.
Medway Council is helping companies recruit this young talent by
implementing the schemes below.
This includes Medway100 a new campaign worth £100,000.
Find out more.
An apprentice is a young person aged between 16 and 24 who works
a full time job and serves a real purpose in the running of a
business. Medway Council's Learning and Development team will act
as the intermediary to handle all the paperwork and liaise between
the apprentice and the employer, meaning that you are left free to
run your business.
Graduate and student placements
Both graduates and students are highly-skilled professionals in
the making. The difference between a student and a graduate is
a student is still studying and a graduate has finished their
studies. A student placement would take place during a break within
their course, which can be a summer period or a whole
year break of study known as a sandwich year. A graduate is a
recently qualified university student and their knowledge is
the most up-to-date in their field.
A placement can be for any length of time and whatever
suits your company needs. Placements can be either paid or
voluntary, however, the longer the placement lasts the more the
business is expected to pay a contribution to the individual.
Medway Council has been working with local colleges,
universities and the Federation of Small Businesses to support
local businesses in placing students and graduates.
For more information, download Student and graduate placements for
businesses (pdf 565KB). To use this file you will need
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Medway Council employs its own apprentices across various
departments. Lily joined the council’s Economic Development Team as
an administrative assistant and started immediately on an intensive
programme of training courses at the council’s main offices. Lily
is directly mentored by a senior personal assistant and is
currently ahead of target in her qualification. Lily holds a key
role within the department and keeps the team running
Louisa is studying sociology. The degree course has a
compulsory placement year that was spent with Medway Council.
Louisa completed her initial project earlier than anticipated and
was seconded to work within the apprenticeship placement scheme for
the remainder of her placement. The apprenticeship scheme expanded
rapidly and Louisa was offered an extension to her contract until
her return to university in September.
Louisa said: "The placement has allowed me to experience different
job roles. I feel I have gained skills that would be of benefit to
my employer in the future."
For more information contact Economic Development by
telephone: 01634 338138 or by email: email@example.com
Write to: Economic Development, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock
Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR