Sheffield Council to recruit new wave of apprentices

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Sheffield Council is recruiting a new wave of apprentices - with jobs in housing, legal services and customer services up for grabs.

It made a pledge in 2011 to recruit 100 new apprentices a year in a bid to get more youngsters in the city on the career ladder.

An apprenticeship open day is being held at Moorfoot Learning Centre in Sheffield city centre on Wednesday, July 1.

Up to 16 positions will be advertised in the council’s housing and neighbourhood service in mid-July.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s brilliant to see so many young people come through our apprenticeship schemes – with more to come this year.

“I am really proud of the fact we offer more apprenticeships to young people in Sheffield than other core cities and I know that we can continue to build on this in the future.

Apprentices working at Sheffield City Council often go on to secure permanent posts, something housing apprentice Aamir Khan, 21, from Hillsborough, is hoping for.

Mr Khan said: “My previous work was in property and construction, an industry I really enjoy, which led me to apply for this apprenticeship.

“I also felt it was a fantastic opportunity and could see myself developing successfully through the scheme.

“In the future I hope to take in all the skills, qualifications and experience I have gained and hopefully apply for a full time role with the council.”

Those not ready for an apprenticeship are also invited to the open day to find out about traineeships, which involve youngsters gaining work experience wit would-be employers before both parties decide whether to begin an apprenticeship. Some of this year’s positions will be filled this way.

Visit SCCapprenticeships@sheffield.gov.uk to book a place.