APPRENTICES are being sought for a council’s new scheme to help teenagers find work.
Fareham Borough Council has 13 apprenticeship positions available, ranging from a finance officer to communications assistant and a gardener.
The scheme is open to anyone over 16.
It follows the success of The News’ recent campaign to help 100 people into 100 apprenticeship places within 100 days.
Each apprentice will be based at the council, but may also go on work placements at organisations linking up with the local authority.
And they will study over a 12 to 18-month period for a nationally-recognised vocational qualification, equivalent to an NVQ or B/Tec.
Council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘This fits with our economic aspirations for the area.
‘We can give young people the skills they need to take into the workplace, whether they continue with us after the apprenticeship, if that’s possible, or in the wider job market.
‘I would expect that we will get a significant number of applications.
‘It’s about local jobs for local people and no one thing is more important than apprenticeships for young people who don’t want to go to university or on to further education.’
The council has earmarked £200,000 for the scheme – dubbed the ‘new skills fund’ – and each apprentice will have an officer as their mentor.
The authority says it is not intended to replace workers who have recently been made redundant.
Cllr Woodward added: ‘With the money we have set aside, we plan to run this for a few years, it’s not supposed to just be a one-off.’
Apprentices for Business will help the council run the scheme.
The posts are being advertised in local schools and colleges as well as through Connexions in West Street, Fareham.
The closing date for applications is July 22.
Those chosen will work for 37 hours a week at £2.60 an hour, which is the national minimum wage for apprentices.
The council says successful candidates will start in early September.