Ap­pren­tices hit the high­way

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THE coun­cil has taken on an army of ap­pren­tices and grad­u­ates to join its high­ways ser­vice.

This year’s ap­pren­tice and grad­u­ate in­take will see four young peo­ple em­ployed in high­way main­te­nance, four in en­gi­neer­ing, one in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, one in tech­ni­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion, one in street light­ing main­te­nance and one per­son in fi­nance.

Ap­pren­tices will ro­tate be­tween de­part­ments and sup­ple­ment their on-the-job train­ing with col­lege stud­ies over a two year pe­riod.

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the ap­pren­tice­ship and col­lege course se­cures per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment with the high­ways team.

Coun­cil­lor David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil and cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways and in­fra­struc­ture said: “This is an ex­cit­ing time to bring new tal­ent into the ser­vice as we con­tinue to de­liver im­prove­ments through­out Cheshire East.

He con­tin­ued: “Both ap­pren­tice and grad­u­ate schemes help lo­cal young peo­ple to get into a ca­reer that presents clear op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing and pro­gres­sion.”

The high­ways team has now em­ployed a to­tal of 29 ap­pren­tices and three grad­u­ates since 2012, which is help­ing to se­cure the skills re­quired for the long term de­liv­ery of high­ways ser­vices in Cheshire East.

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