Apprenticeship boost for Wolverhampton youngsters

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Workplace apprenticeships up for grabs with council

WOULD-be apprentices found out about some of the opportunities that may be on offer to them thanks to Wolverhampton City Council at a special event.

The council announced in September that it was to launch an Apprenticeship Programme which would recruit 30 young apprentices a year – and give them real life experiences of the world of work.

Apprenticeships offer young people a positive first step onto the career ladder and the chance to do a job while gaining nationally-recognised training and qualifications. 

The new scheme is aimed primarily at 16 to 18-year-olds and they were invited to learn more at a special event at the Epic Youth Café in the city centre last week.

The first wave of apprenticeships will be offered in February, where 15 lucky young people will secure a one-year fixed term contract at a wage of £150 per week. Another 15 places will be available starting in September 2012. 

They include apprenticeships with teams which oversee horticulture, arboriculture, building and electrical services, cleaning, catering, customer services, business administration and motor vehicle maintenance.

Special work-based training programmes will give employers access to enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are eager to learn the skills that their business really needs right from the start. In return, the apprentice gets not only practical experience and qualifications, but also a wage.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: “It is very important that the council, as the largest employer in the city, plays a vital role in helping to alleviate the impact of rising youth unemployment in Wolverhampton.

“I would also like to encourage other local employers to actively create apprenticeships opportunities for young people at this time of great economic uncertainty.”

Puja Taloy, an apprentice with Wolverhampton City Council’s Looked After Children’s service, said: “My apprenticeship has opened a lot of opportunities for me and I now want to go onto university to become a qualified social worker.”

 
To find out more about Wolverhampton City Council’s apprenticeship programme, please call 01902 550124 or visit www.wmjobs.co.uk.

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