Success for Sandwell apprentices

Published 2nd September 2015

Almost 200 young people have been taken on as apprentices at Sandwell Council and local companies, thanks to a campaign to boost youth employment.

Almost 200 young people have been taken on as apprentices at Sandwell Council and local companies, thanks to a campaign to boost youth employment.

The Sandwell Guarantee has placed 194 young people in apprenticeships since last September, including taking on 42 as trainees at the council.

It means apprentices can “earn while they learn” and get qualifications that can lead to long-term employment.

A further 45 sixteen to 24-year-olds have gone on to get jobs.

And by the end of this year, around 800 young people will have done work experience placements with the council since the start of 2013 to help them find work and further training.

Last week, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic investment Councillor Paul Moore, met with 15 apprentices working in the council to see how they were getting on.

He talked to young people working in a variety of different areas including the HR, admin, bereavement services, cemeteries, parks, planning, mechanics, gas, plastering and electrical teams.

Cllr Moore said: “These are the council workers of the future. They were all very enthusiastic and told me they were enjoying their placements.

“I was really impressed by all of them and wish them all the best in their apprenticeships.

“We hope to offer as many of them as possible permanent employment where positions are available.”

The council is also looking for local businesses interested in taking on an apprentice. The council may also be able to fund up to half an apprentices’ wages for the first year. Find out more about taking on an apprentice.

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Find out more about the Sandwell Guarantee or call the team on 0121 569 2099.