Seven young people have been celebrating becoming ‘work ready’ after completing their traineeships with Bolsover District Council.
The scheme, funded by residual Working Neighbourhoods fund and a NAS Age Grant, was established in January 2014 provides young people with meaningful work experience and an insight into the world of work.
It is supported by Babbington College who help provide essential work preparation training covering a variety of areas including maths and English.
The young people have spent 6-months at the Council, with two days a week in a specific service area.
Bolsover District Council’s Leader, Councillor Eion Watts said: “We have always placed a great deal of emphasis on helping young people get ready for and back into work.
“Providing them with the right experience to start with will prepare them for the working world a lot better than just throwing them into a job and expecting them to cope.”
The trainees, all aged between 16-18 years old, now have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships at the Council in specific areas such as ICT, leisure, and street scene services.
Councillor Watts added: “We aim to recruit forty-eight trainees and twenty apprentices over a four year period which will allow young people to earn while they learn a job, gain a real qualification and in turn have a real future.”
Trainee Luke Chapman said: “I think it is very good and it gives us a chance to get an Apprenticeship on the Council, to work as a team and meet new people.”
Trainee Connor McCrossan said: “Gives you a chance to gain your qualification and experience with possibly a chance of an apprenticeship or employment with the district council.
Trainee Carlton Dall said: “It’s a very good way to get to know what the actual work is like.”
Anyone aged 16-18 and wants to be part of the Council’s Traineeship can contact Sue Harvey at Babington College on 07584 518321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.