Council and college are to provide apprenticeships
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Over the next four years, South Gloucestershire Council will work with a college coordinator from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton to recruit around 240 apprentices, or 60 a year.
Ultimately, the aim is to have apprenticeship opportunities within key areas in which the council and its suppliers work. Examples include housing, care, catering, street services and horticulture, but there will be many others. The purpose is to create the best possible career start for young people, in line with national policy to support apprenticeship opportunities for those aged 16 – 24 years old.
Cllr John Goddard said: “This is a fantastic new scheme which is being launched thanks to a partnership forged with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. Apprenticeships can be a stepping stone for young people to break the cycle of long-term unemployment while learning new skills to equip them with a better chance of securing a job in the future. Apprentices will not only work for the council, but we will be able to offer practical help to our suppliers to encourage them to find openings in their businesses to accommodate our young people.”
Kevin Hamblin, Principal of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council for their apprenticeship scheme. It is great news that so many young people will benefit from the scheme. We have very capable young people within South Gloucestershire who will make the most of these opportunities. It is a great career start for them and will allow them to make a real contribution to their community.”
How does it work? Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes for those aged 16 plus. Apprentices will have a contract of employment and will be supported to gain the relevant qualifications through on-the-job learning, workplace support and college attendance.
More detail about the scheme and apprenticeships in general is available from Natalie Zullo at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College on 0117 909 2234, firstname.lastname@example.org
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