Eight new starts join local authority teams

New apprentices
New apprentices

The council has taken on another eight local young people as Modern Apprentices – bringing the total over the last year to 27.

The programme marks the third phase of the authority’s Modern Apprenticeship programme following on from 19 placements in customer Services, construction trades, early years, business administration, horticulture/greenspace and ICT.

The new employees are taking part in an induction process before heading out to their assorted bases across the area for training work.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, welcoming the new starts, said: “This is now the third group of Modern Apprentices I have met and it gives me enormous pleasure that this council is in a position to continue to support a Modern Apprenticeship Programme.

“It is important that as the area’s largest employer we do what we can to provide training and employment opportunities for local youngsters and I’m delighted to welcome our new starts.”

One of the eight new starts, 20-year-old Paul Don, has been working towards a career in construction since leaving Turnbull Academy and gaining an HNC in building services engineering at a local college.

He said: “I’ve always known that this is the area I wanted to work in and when this came up I knew it would be a great move.

“I’ve never fancied just studying but prefer to be working and learning at the same time so this is ideal for me. “

He added: “I’ll be working alongside experienced teams while studying one day a week. “That’s just the right balance and I can’t wait to get started.”