YOUNG people in Portsmouth are being given a head start in breaking into the job market.
For the second year running, Amey is helping tackle youth unemployment in Hampshire by recruiting apprentices to join its highways team here.
The company works with Hampshire County Council to maintain and improve the county’s 5,600-mile network of roads.
This year it is aiming to recruit eight new apprentices between 18 and 25 years old, and is holding open day events in Portsmouth and Basingstoke on Tuesday, May 22 where young people can find out more.
Chris Morris, Amey account director in Hampshire said: ‘We recruited eight apprentices last year and have been really impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm. We’re taking on another eight young people this year, which means apprentices will account for more than six per cent of our workforce here in Hampshire.
‘The scheme incorporates the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which means our apprentices are getting personal development alongside skills and qualifications.
‘This is helping us shape and develop our workforce to deliver the best services on Hampshire’s highways now and in the future.’
The recruitment drive is part of the company’s Amey Apprenticeship Academy, a scheme which last year created 120 jobs across the UK.
In 2012 Amey is aiming to more than double this figure to achieve 250 apprenticeships nationwide, which will represent two per cent of the company’s entire workforce.
Unlike many apprenticeship schemes, Amey apprentices have guaranteed jobs if they complete the 18-month scheme.
The eight Hampshire posts will be based at the company’s local depots in Bishop’s Waltham, Petersfield, Hook, Micheldever and Totton.
The apprenticeship open day events will include presentations about the scheme and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions and find out more.
The Portsmouth event will take place at the Marriott Hotel in North Harbour, between 8.30am and 11am.
All attendees should bring an up-to-date CV.
To reserve a place at the open day, call 01962 810930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.