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Fresh opportunities for young apprentices

Young people in Wolverhampton are being urged to take up a fresh round of apprenticeship opportunities at Wolverhampton City Council.

A total of 14 vacancies have been announced for local 16 to 18 year olds across a number of departments within the authority.

Positions include Economic Inclusion, Bereavement Services, Democratic Services, Skills Development, Risk and Insurance and Early Help apprentices, Customer Service Apprentices with Bantock House Museum and the Civic Halls, 2 Customer Services Officers with City Direct, Headstart Support Worker Apprentice, Heritage Apprentice for the City Archives, Project Administrator and Support Officer and finally Technical Apprentice with the Cultural Education Unit.

People will be able to find out more about the opportunities available by visiting WMJobs or Apprenticeships.

The closing date for applications is 1 February, 2015.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "This will be our seventh cohort of apprentices since 2012, and their recruitment will mean that more than 100 young people have joined us to learn new skills and prepare themselves for the world of work. Many have even gone on to secure permanent employment with us.

"We are really pleased with the contribution our apprentices have made over the last few years. They have been dedicated and hardworking and I'm sure this latest cohort will be no different.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our young people and I'd encourage anyone who is interested in the opportunities available to make sure they get their application in by 1 February."

The apprenticeships are available to 16 to 18 year olds who live in Wolverhampton. Successful applicants will be offered a 1 year fixed term contract at a wage of £150 per week.

The apprenticeship scheme was launched as part of Wolverhampton city Council's drive to create more opportunities for young people. Of the previous cohorts, 26 young people went on to secure employment with the council and many have also gone on to find work elsewhere or entered further education. More than 20 are currently engaged in ongoing apprentice roles.

  • released: Monday 19 January, 2015