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NEW apprentices have been welcomed at the county council and at its highways maintenance contractor.

Thirteen apprentices have taken up roles at Hampshire County Council and at contractor, Amey.

The apprentices were recruited after an assessment day attended by 50 candidates, which involved practical group exercises, tests and interviews by assessors from Hampshire County Council and Amey.

Five apprentices will work for Hampshire County Council, learning how to design, build and manage construction projects and help maintain the highway network.

The others will work for Amey for 18 months, learning about heavy patching tarmac, fixing potholes, working on drainage and laying kerbs.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for transport, said: ‘We were lucky to have so many good candidates to choose from.

‘I am glad we are able to offer some of Hampshire’s young people a good start to their careers while at the same time ensuring that we have the right skills needed in the area, and I wish them all the best as they start their apprenticeship programme.’