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New apprentices sign up to council scheme

Published on 15 April 2016

EIGHT young people are starting out on new careers as apprentices as part of a programme run by Leicester City Council.

The Business Apprentice Programme has taken on the eight newcomers, who will work in teams ranging from pest control to transport strategy and community safety. 

The apprenticeships, which began at the start of this week, will last for one year, and also involve the students attending Leicester College, as well as undergoing workplace assessments. 

Some of the apprentices are joining straight from college courses, while others are making a change in their career paths. The organisational development team hope that all will secure jobs within the council following completion of the apprenticeship.

Among those taking part in the apprenticeship scheme is Amardeep Kaur, aged 17, from Oadby.

She said: “I’m looking forward to meeting new colleagues and learning a great variety of skills. There are a lot of people willing to help and support you.”

Madison Brookes, aged 19, from Beaumont Leys, added: “My team are all super-friendly and I believe that I will be able to get on with all of them.

“I really want to find my place in the city council. I really enjoy the work I’ll be doing and hope to carry on after this 12-month apprenticeship. The council is a huge place and there is always something you can do, so just go for it.”

Alisha Ram, aged 18, from Evington, had worked in a GP surgery in Highfields before taking up the apprenticeship. She said: “I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and getting a feel of what goes on in the council.” 

Other participants include Faye Turnbull, aged 21, from Countesthorpe, Jaspreet Kaur, aged 20, from Evington, Zoe Atkins, aged 20, Lukman Khalifa, aged 22, from Spinney Hills, and Himesh Modasiya, aged 18, from Belgrave.

Leicester assistant city mayor for jobs and skills, Cllr Sue Waddington, added: "Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people to learn more about work and get real hands-on experience in their role. 

“By offering them a chance to try a range of council jobs, we hope to equip them for their future working lives, and hopefully offer jobs within the council for them to take up at the end of their apprenticeship.

“It’s a great way to ensure we nurture the right skills and experience within our local workforce.”