Council to take on more apprentices

East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie
East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie

A successful Modern Apprenticeships programme launched last year by East Dunbartonshire Council is to be extended.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie says she is ‘delighted’ to be announcing the second phase ofn theb scheme, which will see opportunities for a further seven apprenticeships for local young people.

She told the Herald: “As the largest employer in East Dunbartonshire, we are continuing to demonstrate our commitment to local employability.

“I am pleased to be launching a further seven work-based training programmes in construction crafts and early years, which will enable more of our young people to develop their skills whilst also earning a wage.”

Last year the council recruited 12 Modern Apprentices.

Councillor Geekie added: “Local employability is an important issue and we are leading by example.

“We are also encouraging other businesses in East Dunbartonshire to look at how they too can benefit from a Modern Apprenticeship approach to supporting local employment and providing the opportunity for young people to train whilst in work.”

This latest phase of Modern Apprentices will introduce four construction craft opportunities, (electrician, joiner, plasterer and plumber) and three Early opportunities, one in each of the council’s Early Years Establishments (Hillhead, Cleddens and Castlehill).

Details of the latest Modern Apprenticeships available can be found on the East Dunbartonshire page of the website or by following the ‘apply for a Council job’ link from the homepage of the council website from Monday, May 12.

They are open to young people aged between 16 and 24 years old who are East Dunbartonshire residents. The closing date for applications is Sunday 25 May.