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Crawley Borough Council searching for new apprentices

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Two exciting apprenticeship vacancies at Crawley Borough Council are currently available.

The council, which has successfully employed 28 apprentices since 2012, is now recruiting for a Planning Technical Support Apprentice and Building Maintenance Surveyor Apprentice.

Crawley Borough Council’s apprenticeship programmes are about helping talented people to get experience in local government, gain an apprenticeship and get paid at the same time. While providing a great opportunity to start a new career, it can help people with their first step into the world of work and a chance to develop professional skills and knowledge.

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Advantages of joining Crawley Borough Council include the chance to help others, making a difference to their lives and the local environment. Working for the council provides an excellent starting point for your future career, wherever it leads.

Councillor Andrew Skudder, Cabinet member for Resources, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people who are looking to start a career in local government. The council is committed to giving apprentices enriched experiences and we also benefit from having apprentices, so everybody wins.”

As well as the council benefiting from employing apprentices, it is setting an example to local businesses and hopefully encouraging them to create apprenticeship opportunities.

The council has a wide range of apprenticeship opportunities in professional specialist areas, such as, IT, Human Resources, Planning, Housing Management, Building Surveying, Parks Management and Grounds Maintenance, that can provide you with a new set of skills, knowledge and experience. Previous apprentices have worked in a variety of different roles within Business Administration, Customer Service and Horticulture.
The council currently has five apprentices across Economic Development, Communications, Human Resources, Neighbourhood Services and Housing Management, who are taking their first steps towards a career in local government. From the 28 apprentices the council has employed over the last five years, 20 have secured full time positions within Crawley Borough Council. One individual went on to acquire a senior role outside of the council.

To find out more about our apprenticeships and to register for vacancy alerts, go to www.crawley.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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County Mall Manager receives ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at national awards

The Centre Manager at County Mall in Crawley received an award for ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at the 2018 SCEPTRE Awards.

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'Centre Manager of the Year (large centre)' presented to County Mall's Mark Haynes by Koralie Gardener from Retail Report. (Image: JLD Media)

With County Mall’s 25th Anniversary and the opening of new stores including Hotel Chocolat, Paperchase and DFS, 2017 was an exciting year for Mark Haynes and the centre’s management team.

The team’s hard work culminated in a SCEPTRE Award for Mark as Centre Manager of the Year (Large Centre) at a recent industry event.

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The SCEPTRE Awards recognise the Best Practice and the Best People in the Shopping Centre industry, putting the spotlight on Management Teams, Retailers and Suppliers that demonstrate real excellence.

In his seven years as Centre Manager Mark has focussed on enhancing the customer experience and customer service at the Crawley shopping centre, which attracts 8 million visitors a year.

Working closely with the marketing team (who also won an industry award this year in recognition of their Strategic Marketing campaign for County Mall Shrunk the Shoppers last summer), Mark has worked to reposition the centre’s perception in key targeted locations and is an integral member of the town and community.

Centre Manager at County Mall, Mark Haynes.

Chairing the Town Centre Partnership and initiating the feasibility of a BID, Mark has an influential stance in Crawley and uses his position to raise the perception of the town in the surrounding areas.

Mark has also dedicated time to fundraising and community efforts including the opening of Crawley’s very first “Changing Places” facility, running 2 marathons in 2 weeks on behalf of St Catherine’s Hospice and facilitating multiple charity events in the centre, resulting in charity donations worth over £46k in the year.

Centre Manager Mark Haynes stated:

“I’m immensely proud to have won this award for County Mall, and am lucky to have a great team, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.”

 

For updates on news, events and promotions from County Mall; visit countymall.co.uk or keep updated on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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