INVERCLYDE Council is recruiting up to 15 committed young people as part of its £1 million plus investment in a range of youth employment initiatives.
The Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Training Programme is a way of gaining skills and qualifications that will help young people to start a career while working towards a recognised qualification.
Environment and regeneration vice convener Councillor Jim Clocherty said: "The council has committed over a million pounds to youth employability schemes over the next three years and our Modern Apprenticeship Scheme is a fantastic way to develop expertise and knowledge through on-the-job training. It is also an opportunity to gain vital skills in areas such as teamwork and problem solving.”
As a modern apprentice, the young person holds ‘employed trainee status’, which means they are paid the appropriate Modern Apprenticeship rate for the job – earning while they are learning.
Newly elected councillor,James McColgan, completed a two-year Modern Apprenticeship in information technology before enrolling at Glasgow University where he is studying law and politics.
He said: "I think it is an excellent opportunity as it gives experience in the job whilst being able to study for qualifications at the same time. It gave me the confidence and the grounding for university and is an excellent platform on which to build a career.”
The opportunities are in various services across the council, at both Level 2 and 3 Scottish Vocational Qualification in the areas of business administration, customer service, life science and information technology.
Councillor Clocherty added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person to learn real skills and gain invaluable experience and opportunity is everything in today’s job market. Modern Apprenticeships can offer a head-start when it comes to employability and I hope as many young people as possible put themselves forward.”
Applicants must be over 16, should possess (or hope to gain) appropriate Standard Grade passes at Grade 3 or above in English and Mathematics and ideally be eligible for Skills Development Funding. They should be willing and capable of achieving a level 2/3/4 Scottish Vocational Qualification in their relevant area through work-based assessment.
For an informal discussion about the opportunities, call Irene Black (Modern Apprenticeship Training Programme Co-ordinator) within Inverclyde Council Regeneration and Planning Service on 01475 715555. Closing date for applications is Friday 3 August.