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Posted on 03/04/2018 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

Council creates fund to support apprenticeships

Council creates fund to support apprenticeships

West Dunbartonshire Council has created a £1million fund to support apprenticeships over the next four years.

The fund will see £250,000 spent in each of these years to recruit apprentices across a range of council services, with school leavers a particular focus.

Councillor Diane Docherty, convener of housing and communities, said: “Apprenticeships are a brilliant route to a long-term career and I’m delighted that the council has approved this significant investment.

“Apprenticeships give local people the opportunity to learn valuable skills on the job and I would urge young people to look out for the opportunities available.”

Vacancies will be advertised throughout the year on the My Job Scotland web portal.

The council’s Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme provides young people with opportunities in a range of fields, including childcare, procurement, digital marketing, ICT, administration, care, and construction crafts.

MAs are open to West Dunbartonshire residents aged 16 to 24 and up to 29 years for residents who are disabled or those who are care experienced.

They offer the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification and gain valuable work experience while earning a wage.

Trainees also enjoy the same benefits as other council employees, including flexible working, training and development opportunities.

The £1million investment will also enhance what the council’s Working4U service can offer, allowing for pre-apprenticeship funding to be accessed by WDC.

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