Sixteen apprentices have started work at Wolverhampton City Council as part of the authority's drive to create more opportunities for young people.

The young people, aged between 16 and 18, have been taken on in a variety of roles including vehicle maintenance, horticulture, catering, accountancy and marketing.

This current cohort follows on from the recruitment of 13 young people who joined the council over the summer.

Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Milkinder Jaspal and Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, welcomed the group last week.

The council's Apprenticeship Programme, which is now in its third year, sees the authority take on 30 young people each year to give them an insight and experience into the world of work.

It is aimed primarily at 16 to 18 year olds and those taking part are offered a 1 year fixed term contract at a wage of £150 per week.

To date, 11 apprentices have gone on to gain full time posts within the council while another 4 have gone on to do Advanced Apprenticeships.

Two apprentice swim instructors have both passed their ASA Level 1 qualifications while a further 2, who joined this summer, have already gained their First Aid at Work qualifications.

Councillor Page said: "The council is one of the biggest employers in the city and we recognise the benefits that apprentices can bring to the organisation and the importance for them to get experience of the workplace.

"Apprenticeship schemes give people the chance to take their first steps into employment while gaining valuable skills and qualifications.

"All of our apprentices have proven to be hard working, enthusiastic and willing to learn and we can certainly recommend the value of such schemes to companies across the city."

Next month (October) the authority will start the recruitment process for the next batch of apprentices, ready for them to start in February next year.

To find out more about Wolverhampton City Council's apprenticeships scheme, please call the Workforce Development team on 01902 554085.

  • released: Tuesday 10 September, 2013