Croydon Council has taken on 24 apprentices this week as part of a campaign to create more training and job opportunities for local young people.
The new recruits arrived as the council launched a campaign called Choose Your Future, encouraging young people to make positive life choices while creating more opportunities for them to succeed.
The council’s apprenticeship programme has been developed through the economic growth team with Croydon Works supporting in the recruitment of local residents. It offers an opportunity for anyone keen to kick-start their career by gaining qualifications and valuable experience while still getting paid.
Although the council has offered apprenticeships previously, this is the first time a group as large as two dozen has been recruited at the same time. The programme is being developed to ensure apprentices are given a wide range of opportunities outside their day-to-day responsibilities.
While working at the council for a minimum 12-month contract, the apprentices will have the opportunity to gain level 2-4 qualifications in one of nine subject areas:
• Building Surveying
• Project Management
• Finance and Accounting
• Youth Work
• Cultural Heritage
• Community Arts
• Customer Service
• Business Administration
• Health and Social Care
The apprentices will work with experienced staff, gain skills on the job, have time to study and get paid a training salary with holiday pay.
Emily Colwill, a Level 3 apprentice studying business administration in the council’s Croydon Works team, described the benefits of being an apprentice: “So far I have enjoyed being able to get involved with the vast range of opportunities that are available.
“This scheme benefits young people because there are so many chances for them to develop. It allows them to join a large organisation with other individuals who are in the same position as them, making them feel more comfortable.”
The council apprenticeship programme is open to all those living or studying in Croydon aged 16-plus. For more information, click here, or contact email@example.com
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