Assessment day to be held in Scunthorpe for apprentices as council looks to take on 32 more
AN ASSESSMENT day will be held for potential apprentices at North Lincolnshire Council.
The authority is preparing to take on its latest intake of young people and will hold the event at the Kingsway Centre in Scunthorpe.
It will help applicants understand what an apprenticeship means and the recruitment process, as well as finding out what jobs are available.
The event will take place on Wednesday, December 12, from 3pm to 7pm.
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Interviews will then take place on January 10, with successful candidates starting work at the council on April 2.
The council is set to take on 32 apprentices in 2013, as well as helping fund 30 placements with private sector businesses.
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of the council, said: "We are very much committed to giving young people opportunities to gain valuable work experience both within the council and in the private sector.
"We have improved our scheme to give young people even more opportunities by involving the private sector – therefore giving them more options to choose from in their career.
"It is not easy deciding what you want to do when you leave school and our scheme will hopefully help people decide."
The council has joined forces with the Scunthorpe Telegraph for the Your Life, Your Future scheme.
It aims to raise aspirations and increase employment in the region.
The latest apprenticeships will be in a variety of roles across the council.
Mrs Redfern said the scheme could lead to permanent jobs.
She said: "Two of our apprentices have been fortunate to get permanent jobs – one within the council.
"While we can't promise everyone will get taken on at the end of their apprenticeship, they will at least gain important skills and knowledge to help them in their chosen careers."
Stephanie Hargreaves was an apprentice at the council and has already been successful in getting a full-time position.
She is now a clerical officer for the council's education welfare service.
She said: "Being an apprentice gave me the experience I needed to get myself a job in the area I wanted.
"Also, it got me started with an NVQ level 2 in business and administration, which I am carrying on in my current role.
"I definitely think more companies should take on apprentices."