Council to take in apprentices

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FIFTEEN new apprentices will be recruited by a council this year.

Five apprentices from the 2013 intake are on 18 or 24-month contracts, meaning Winchester City Council will have 20 apprentices in place for 2014-15. The scheme started in 2012 and has seen a number of past apprentices go on to jobs within the authority.

In 2014, the scheme will offer apprenticeship roles in teams such as sport, economy and arts, housing, health and wellbeing, parking, legal, customer services and human resources.

The apprentices complete work-based and day-release training.

Councillor Stephen Godfrey, portfolio holder for finance and organisational development, said: ‘Our apprenticeship scheme gives young people their first step on the career ladder.

‘They gain experience and qualifications which help them to find permanent jobs.’