Six new apprenticeships are being offered by Conservative controlled New Forest District Council in a boost to training and employment opportunities in the district. School leavers, people who are unemployed or working people looking for a new direction can apply for the apprenticeships in:
· Customer services, Leisure and Employment
· Customer services, CCTV and Alarms
· Business Administrator, Housing
· Grounds maintenance x 2
· Vehicle fitter
The successful candidates will gain at least one year's paid on-the-job experience while receiving training at college leading to a nationally recognised qualification.
The six apprenticeships will be based at various locations across the district.
Council leader Councillor Barry Rickman said "We are pleased to be able to offer these exciting opportunities for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who will benefit from the training and work experience. In these challenging times it is particularly important to support local employability and provide opportunities for our young people."
The council has a strong track record of successful apprenticeships. Several former apprentices have gone on to carve out careers with the authority. In 2010 Naomi Kitcher began a one year accountancy apprenticeship. Having achieved both her initial and higher level accountancy qualifications with the support of the council, she became an auditor in the finance department earlier this year. "The chance to learn, gain experience while I studied and not rack up student debt has been fantastic" said Naomi.
Another former apprentice is heavy goods vehicle mechanic Liam Beddow who joined the council, aged 16, on a three year apprenticeship in 2010. The council is now supporting him through his fourth year of college to gain his Master Technician qualification. "My apprenticeship has given me an education, experience and a career!" said Liam.
For more details or to apply please visit INQ.org.uk/apprenticeships or contact New Forest District Council on 01590 646120 for a paper application pack.