Celebrating apprentice success in East Dunbartonshire

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A dazzling dozen who joined East Dunbartonshire Council as Modern Apprentices last year have received glowing reports as they continue their journey into the world of work.

Twelve young people from across East Dunbartonshire joined the authority last August and embarked on a two-year programme of training, work experience and study.

The last nine months have been a huge success for all 12, who have excelled within the areas of Business Administration (six), Customer Services (two), ICT (one) and Horticulture/Greenspace (three).

Once they have completed their SVQ they will be eligible to apply for permanent posts within the council.

The Modern Apprentices were all praised for their hard work, dedication and endeavour when they met council Leader Rhondda Geekie to help celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 19-23).

Councillor Geekie said: “The Modern Apprentices have now been in place for nine months and have been very welcome additions to the East Dunbartonshire Council team.

“We have received excellent feedback from partners, service managers and stakeholders.

“All 12 have repaid the faith placed in them - proving to be enthusiastic, bright and ambitious young people.

“I’m delighted that the council - as East Dunbartonshire’s largest employer - was able to accommodate such talented people within our workforce. I hope

local companies and organisations follow suit.

“It’s a genuine win-win - the Modern Apprentices gain support, qualifications and practical work experience, while the employer benefits from their hard work, enthusiasm and talent.”

Scottish Apprenticeship Week - May 19-23 - celebrates the benefits of apprenticeships to employees and employers.