Pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with skills to work to­wards a bright fu­ture

The Oban Times - - News -

YOUNG peo­ple are be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to gain valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence, learn new skills and work to­wards na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, through Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Mod­ern Ap­pren­tices scheme.

Eleven lo­cal young peo­ple have been em­ployed as Mod­ern Ap­pren­tices with the coun­cil over the past year, with a fur­ther six at the re­cruit­ment stage and plans in place for up to ten ad­di­tional posts.

Last year the coun­cil com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing at least 25 Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ships in Ar­gyll and Bute’s ma­jor towns cov­er­ing a broad range of skills and ser­vices – an ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tive from a ma­jor lo­cal em­ployer. At their meet­ing on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 29, mem­bers of the coun­cil’s Pol­icy and Resources Com­mit­tee noted the suc­cess of the scheme and en­dorsed plans for the fu­ture, which in­clude fund­ing five driv­ing lessons for el­i­gi­ble Mod­ern Ap­pren­tices work­ing to­wards ob­tain­ing a driv­ing li­cense, and to ex­tend the age cri­te­ria for Mod­ern Ap­pren­tices from 16-19 to 16-24.

The coun­cil’s Pol­icy Lead for Hu­man Resources, Coun­cil­lor Dick Walsh, said: ‘Young peo­ple are the build­ing bricks of Ar­gyll and Bute, and the Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice scheme gives them the skills, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and con­fi­dence to help build a strong fu­ture for our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘I am sure that as well as gain­ing valu­able skills and work ex­pe­ri­ence, our Mod­ern Ap­pren­tices will also prove to be a real credit to the coun­cil.

‘The coun­cil’s Sin­gle Out­come Agree­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that young peo­ple have the best pos­si­ble start, and that ed­u­ca­tion, skills and train­ing max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for all.

‘It is fan­tas­tic that we are able to make this a re­al­ity for young peo­ple in towns all across Ar­gyll and Bute.’

Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ships give young peo­ple the chance to earn while they learn. They pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to gain in­valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence and work to­wards na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions while earn­ing a ba­sic wage.

The Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil Mod­ern Ap­pren­tices are learn­ing and earn­ing across the spec­trum of coun­cil ser­vices – from busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion to me­chan­ics, from IT to cus­tomer ser­vices, and other coun­cil de­part­ments.

Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice posts are ad­ver­tised at Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s page on the my job scot­land web­site which you will find at www.myjob­scot­land.gov.uk / coun­cils/ar­gyll-bute- coun­cil

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