Apprentice opportunities for youngsters

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YOUNG people are being invited to find out about new career opportunities at the official launch of Derbyshire County Council’s drive to recruit 500 apprentices.

The county council is creating 700 apprenticeships over the next four years – 500 within the authority and 200 in private industry.

Details of the first wave of county council apprenticeships will be given at the launch event at County Hall, Matlock, on Friday, 2 March between 2.30pm and 7pm.

There are 36 apprenticeships available now, including opportunities in:

* road working

* school catering

* business administration

* customer service

Managers from the services offering apprenticeship positions will be on hand to discuss individual roles and their locations.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “These are exciting opportunities for young people and I would urge those interested to come along and discuss positions which might be suitable for them.

“We’re committed to supporting young people to gain the practical and technical workplace skills which will set them up for a successful career.”

Councillor Parkinson added: “These are challenging times in which to be seeking work and we’re confident our scheme will benefit both young people and the county council.

“Less than 3.5 per cent of our current work force is aged 24 or under – compared to 17 per cent in the private sector – so we are particularly keen to hear from young people in this age group as we plan for the future.”

The county council is working in partnership with Learning Unlimited, Chesterfield College’s commercial arm, to manage its four year scheme.

Apprentices placed with the county council will be employed by the college and given on-going support by its advisors.

Learning Unlimited’s apprenticeship advisors will be on hand at the County Hall event to offer help and guidance to make the application process as easy as possible. Representatives from the National Apprenticeship Service will also be available to offer support.

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