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Apprenticeship Week highlights Blaby District Council success

Blaby District Council is marking 2018 National Apprenticeship Week by highlighting the wide career prospects that apprentices can achieve.

Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week celebrates apprenticeships, traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the local economy.

Apprentices have been a familiar face across the Council since 2015, with five currently working across the organisation, including Property, Environmental Services, Fleet, Finance and Planning.

Many apprentices have gone on to secure permanent jobs with the authority; while others have secured jobs across Leicestershire in the area they undertook their apprenticeship.

photo: Jess Stubley in office
Jess Stubley: Looking forward to seeing where the skills will take her

Jess Stubley, who joined as an apprentice in the Environmental Services team last year, said:

“Blaby District Council has given me one of the greatest opportunities to expand my knowledge in an admin based career. I have already encountered many exciting experiences, learnt new and improving skills and work with one of the friendliest, most supportive teams I could ask for.

“I look forward to seeing where the skills and qualifications achieved from working within the Blaby District Council will take me.”

Sam Alderson was an apprentice in Land Charges before becoming a full-time Team Assistant in Environmental Health. He said:

“My apprenticeship in Land Charges taught me skills that are useful for all areas across the Council. These skills have allowed me to further my career and get a full time job as well as a platform to build on for the rest of my career.

“I now work full time in Environmental Health which I enjoy a lot and is extremely varied. No two days are the same and I’m constantly learning new things.”

Mark Foote, Strategic Manager for HR, said:

“Apprenticeships are an ideal way to gain experience and it is fantastic to see our apprentices develop their careers and secure permanent positions with us.

“We’re also pleased to see some move into other services within the Council, further showing that the skills they are picking up not only benefit themselves but the whole authority. We’re looking forward to welcoming more in 2018 as Blaby District Council continues to be a place to work and achieve successful career development.”

Several vacancies for apprentices across the Council will soon be advertised, including Planning, Revenues, Environmental Health and Building Control.

Apprenticeship vacancies at the Council can be found at www.blaby.gov.uk/jobs, while a dedicated site for vacancies nationally is available via www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.

Council investment gets residents revved up and on the road

DSC_0178Looking and applying for work can be very challenging for many of us. So having mastered the art of job applications and survived the grilling ordeal of an interview, imagine finally being offered the job of your dreams only to find you can’t actually get there.

The Wheels 2 Work scheme allows locally unemployed people the loan of a scooter for up to six months at an affordable hire, and now thanks to Blaby District Council there are more bikes available to get residents revved up and on the road.

Blaby District Council is providing £15,000 investment so that five additional bikes can be put on the road to help locally unemployed people in the district access work and training opportunities.

The scheme is run by Melton Borough Council in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and is open to residents over the age of 16 with a firm offer of work, education or training, but who are not able to get there. The bikes are available on loan for up to six months from £30 a month.

Free CBT motorcycle hire training together with free protective clothing and insurance is provided and all scooters are fully serviced and maintained.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, Planning, Economic Development, and Housing Strategy portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“We are pleased to help develop the Wheels 2 Work scheme further so that more locally unemployed people can take up job or training opportunities. With everything provided as a low cost package, including helmet, jacket and gloves, the only extras users have to pay for are their provisional licence and the fuel to run the bike.”

Peter Osborne, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“This scheme is an excellent way for councils to help residents overcome the financial barriers they face getting to work. I’m pleased that Blaby District Council has given its backing to the Wheels 2 Work scheme, which I have no doubt will continue to help local people find employment.”

Andrew Gray, from Glenfield, has been partaking in the Wheels 2 Work scheme for around five months. He said:

“Using the bike has made getting to and from work a lot easier, it’s economical to run and an environmentally friendly way to travel. I’m really pleased to be the first person to use one of the new bikes supplied by the Blaby District Council investment, I hope more people will be able to benefit from this scheme.”

Harrinder Rai, Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods at Melton Borough Council, said:

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Blaby District Council on this project. We know the positive difference it can make to local people. The scheme has now been running from Melton for over five years and is a great support to those seeking work and/or training.”

For more information on the Wheels 2 Work scheme please visit www.w2wleics.co.uk or telephone 01664 502 388 / 07917 592 621.

Free support for Blaby District enterprises

Collage: Graph - Tony Greenwood
(Inset): Councillor Tony Greenwood

Growing businesses in Blaby District have the chance to benefit from a free package of business support worth up to £500 to help kick start their expansion and improvement plans.

The Growth 4 Enterprise scheme is open to applications from independent small firms located in Blaby District who have plans to develop and grow and currently employ less than 50 staff.

The package of support includes a business assessment, followed by one to one professional advice and access to a choice of training master-classes.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy Portfolio Holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“The Council is providing funding so that ten ambitious independent firms can access a bundle of free business support and get on the right track to success and growth.

“We recognise that our local businesses can benefit from support and encourage them to get in touch to find out more.”

Blaby District Council is working in partnership with Nottingham Business Venture to run this pilot business support scheme.

For more information Contact Carole Troake, Principal Economic Development Officer on 0116 272 7735 or find the details at:

New weekly recycling scheme set to launch

recycle motifBlaby District Council are set to launch their new weekly recycling scheme from 3rd June 2013.

Under the new arrangements, more use is made of the ‘green lidded’ bin for recyclables with the remaining refuse being placed in the ‘black lidded’ bin.

Refuse and recycling collections will take place weekly, replacing the normal current weekly refuse collection with recycling collection taking place fortnightly.

From 3rd June please put all recycling into one recycling bin (the current green lidded bin) and the remaining rubbish into the black lidded refuse bin. The Council will empty both bins weekly.

Weekly Collection Support Scheme

In November the Council was successful in obtaining £2,000,000 worth of funding from central government as part of the “Weekly Collection Support Scheme”.

This funding will enable the Council to continue to empty your refuse bins on a weekly basis for at least the next five years and to increase the recycling collection from fortnightly to weekly.

This means that you will only have two bins at your property (three if you choose to use the garden waste collection service), instead of two bins and two boxes.

It also means that you will be able to continue to recycle your glass at the kerbside, not through village bring sites or disposing of it in your black lidded bin.

The new scheme will be an improvement for you, more efficient and more environmentally friendly than the current arrangements as there will be less sorting of rubbish, no lifting of boxes and less vehicles on the road each week.

The District Council delivered information leaflets to each household between Friday, 26th April and Sunday, 12th May 2013. If you haven’t received your leaflet by that date please download a leaflet here orrequest one online.

Questions and Answers

What is the new scheme?

  • Weekly refuse collection – black lidded bin
  • Weekly co-mingled recycling collection – green lidded bin
  • Weekly battery collection (bag placed on green lidded bin)
  • Weekly textile and electrical item collection – in Mind bag
  • Fortnightly garden waste collection – brown lidded bin (chargeable opt-in)

When will the new scheme be introduced?

The scheme will be launched on 3rd June 2013

What communications will I receive?

We will put a new sticker on your recycling bin between Monday, 13th and Friday, 24th May. Please make every effort to put your recycling bin out on your scheduled collection day to ensure you get a sticker.

We will remind you to start using your recycling bin and to stop using your boxes by putting a bin hanger on your refuse bin between Monday, 20th and Friday, 31st May.

What will happen to textile and electrical equipment collections?

They will be collected weekly by Mind. Please put your small electrical equipment and/or textiles in the Mind bag.

What size recycling bins are available?

Please use the existing paper and card bin for one month. If you feel that the bin is too small after the first month, you can swap it for a larger 240ltr or 360ltr bin. If you have access or storage restrictions you can also opt to have two of the standard 140ltr bins. Please do not order a larger/additional bin until after 1st July 2013.

Do I need to wash my recycling?

Washing your recycling helps to keep bins clean and reduces unpleasant smells. Just a rinse after you’ve washed up will help. Please also squash plastic bottles and cans, and rip up cardboard to make full use of your bin.

What happens to the recycling after it’s collected?

Materials for recycling are taken to Casepak, a materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at the Braunstone Frith Industrial estate in Leicester. The MRF is one of the newest of its kind in the UK. The resource facility is fitted with some of the most advanced technology currently available to sort and separate mixed recyclable materials.

How many bins can I have?

Recycling bins are free of charge and you can have as many as you need/want (within reason).

What will happen to the old boxes?

You have two options:

  • a) You can keep them for your own use
  • b) We will collect unwanted boxes and recycle them (see leaflet for collect back date)

I don’t have room for a bin and currently have bags delivered – what will happen to my recycling?

You will be issued with new bags after 6th May.

Online forms

External Pages

What can I put in my recycling bin?

See: ‘Yes please’ and ‘No thanks’ lists below
(Stickers will be placed on green-lidded bins to remind what can/can’t be placed inside)

Yes please

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Envelopes
  • Catalogues
  • Telephone Directories
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Cardboardv
  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Sweet/Chocolate tins
  • Tin foil
  • Aerosol cans (discharged)
  • Plastic bottles (milk, drink, shampoo, household cleaners etc)
  • Fast food trays
  • Fruit punnets (including lids)
  • Carrier bags
  • Packaging film
  • Margarine & ice cream tubs
  • Small plant pots & seed trays (no soil)
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Foam fast food boxes and egg cartons
  • Tetrapak (milk & drink cartons)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

No thanks

  • Paint Tins
  • Polystyrene
  • Toys
  • Plastic furniture
  • Crisp bags
  • Video cassettes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Bin liners
  • Pyrex
  • Crockery
  • Broken or sheet glass
  • Batteries (use battery bag)
  • Nappies
  • Small electrical items (please use Mind bag)

Contact us

Officer / Team Neighbourhood Services
Postal address Blaby District Council
Council Offices
Desford Road
LE19 2EP
E-mail address environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk
Telephone 0116 272 7555
Fax 0116 272 7594

All above information on this page sourced from

Spring launch for new recycling scheme

Spring 2013 will see the launch of a new recycling scheme in Blaby district.

Following two well received recycling trials involving over 4,000 households in parts of Braunstone Town, Sharnford, Sapcote, Leicester Forest East, Narborough and Aston Flamville, Councillors have voted in favour of introducing a new system for the district’s kerbside collection scheme.

It will make recycling easier for residents, allowing them to put all their cans, plastics, paper and cardboard into the same wheeled bin.

The new scheme also offers environmental improvements by reducing the number of vehicles from six to three, reducing the amount of fuel used and providing less congestion on the roads.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services said:

We welcome this new scheme, which will not only make recycling easier for residents, but save money and reduce the Council’s carbon footprint.

Refuse collections will continue to be made weekly and recycling will be collected fortnightly. Residents will receive a new 240ltr recycling wheeled bin.

Glass will not be collected, which will save over £200,000, but glass recycling will still be possible by using local recycling banks.

Since the Council started to collect glass 22 years ago, the price of mixed glass has fallen and the cost of diesel has risen to a point where it now costs £200,000 each year to collect glass from residents’ houses.

Because glass at recycling sites is colour separated it does command a higher price making this method of collection financially viable.

The Council will endeavour to increase the number of glass recycling bank sites in the district prior to the new scheme commencing.

For more information email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call customer services on            0116 272 7555      .