New apprenticeships for young people
Published: Wednesday 30th May 12
New employment opportunities are being offered as part of the council’s drive to create apprenticeships and give young people a headstart with their careers.
Wandsworth Council is leading the way in creating such opportunities. It currently has 28 vacancies open to young people aged 16 to 24 to take on an apprenticeship in either IT, business administration, health and social care or childcare departments.
The posts offer an exciting opportunity for young people who are in the process of completing school and college courses - and are wondering about their next step.
Wandsworth's lifelong learning team has been working intensively with employers to establish apprenticeships, both in the private and public sector, to give young people new avenues into work and boost youth employment.
Over the next few months the council will be recruiting young people to take on some very varied and exciting apprenticeship opportunities.
Some of the vacancies are within the town hall itself, including four vacancies within council-run children's centres, a human resources position and numerous health and social care opportunities in the adult social services department.
In the private sector officers have been working with an IT company looking for trainee technicians, an estate agent, a travel company and a major construction firm.
Wandsworth's cabinet member for education and children's services, Councillor Kathy Tracey, said: "The council has a strong record of matching the right young people to the right vacancies - and we hope to see even more opportunities created in as we continue to secure these valuable apprenticeships.
"It is no secret that, in the current climate, young people face a challenging time finding employment, which makes our work even more important.
"Young people deserve to be given every chance to succeed in life and we are committed to exploring all avenues available to us to ensure they are given a headstart with their careers."
Nineteen-year-old Selina Gilbert started a business and administration apprenticeship at the council when she was 17 - and last year won Learner of the Year at the borough's Adult and Community Learning Awards.
She said: "My apprenticeship enabled me to earn and learn at the same time. It has been a pathway to bigger and better things.
"I have gained a great deal of confidence, a wide range of experience, new skills - and NVQ qualifications."
Recently, Wandsworth Council - backed by several London councils - successfully led a partnership bid for apprenticeship funding worth £1.25m - beating national employment and service providers Reed, Prospects and Serco.
The town hall will use its share of the funding to help even more young people access apprenticeships and other training.