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Chief executive swaps policies for pooches as part of National Apprenticeships Week

12:00 03 March 2014

Phil Kirby, chief executive of Broadland District Council,  has spent the day helping staff at Meadow View Kennels in Hevingham by walking the dogs, getting involved in grooming sessions and feeding as part of National Apprenticeships Week

Phil Kirby, chief executive of Broadland District Council, has spent the day helping staff at Meadow View Kennels in Hevingham by walking the dogs, getting involved in grooming sessions and feeding as part of National Apprenticeships Week

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His day job is managing politicians at Broadland District Council.

But chief executive Phil Kirby has swapped policies for pooches to mark National Apprenticeships Week spending the day helping staff at Meadow View Kennels in Hevingham by walking the dogs, getting involved in grooming sessions and feeding.

“The day was a wonderful opportunity to provide real insight into what an apprentice goes through when getting hands on,” he said. “It also gave me a behind the scenes experience of how a local kennels operates.

Apprentice Catherine Gray, 20, from Hellesdon, said: “I would say to anyone who’s thinking about undertaking an apprenticeship to go for it.

“You get another qualification which looks good on your CV. There’s not that much assignment work to do as it’s much more practical.

“Doing this apprenticeship has made me want to now have my own kennels in the future.”

Broadland District Council employs 14 members of staff who either been, or currently are, an apprentice, while Broadland Council Training Services offers programmes aimed at young people across Norfolk aged between 16 and 18 undertaking apprenticeships with small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The apprenticeships are within a number of key business sectors such as business administration, customer service, warehousing and storage and retail.

For more information about apprenticeships or any other courses, contact BCTS on 01603 430477 or email training@broadland.gov.uk

Are apprentichips helping your business grow? Email shaun.lowthorpe@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772471

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