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Published Date: 

11 Aug 2017 - 15:42

If you are aged 16 to 24, we have a great career opportunity for you.

Argyll and Bute Council is taking on modern apprentices – a fantastic chance for young people to gain new skills that will set them up for their future careers.

A variety of roles are being advertised today (Friday 11 August), from digital marketing and IT to business and administration, youth work and digital applications.

There are opportunities in Dunoon and Lochgilphead.

Policy Lead for Corporate Services, Councillor Rory Colville, said: “Please think about joining our modern apprenticeship scheme.

“It’s a gateway to a full-time career with the council or another Argyll and Bute employer as it will give you terrific experience, new skills and a valuable qualification.

“Since the scheme started in 2014 we have helped equip nearly 40 young people with the tools needed to succeed in a range of jobs.

“Of those, 83 per cent have chosen to take up a job with the Council; others have gone on to secure roles in the private sector.

“Doing an apprenticeship gives you choice and opportunities – the world could be your oyster.

“There is a wide range of different roles available, in different locations, all of which provide excellent training.

“The Council is one of the biggest local employers and we are committed to offering our young people every possible opportunity to work in, live in and contribute to making Argyll and Bute a great place to be in. We are growing our own here, which benefits us all.

“I know there are a great deal of talented and hard-working young people in our area – give us the chance to help you blossom.”

One of the Council’s previous modern apprentices, Steven Simpson, from Dunoon, was the 2016 Scottish Training Federation Apprentice of the Year. Another apprentice, Chris Cupples of Lochgilphead, was also on the short-list of three.

Steven said: “The modern apprenticeship has helped me personally and has allowed me to gain a range of valuable work experience and provided numerous learning opportunities.” Steven is now working in IT and is undertaking a graduate apprenticeship, working towards his degree through distance learning while working for the Council. He is our first graduate apprentice.

The modern apprenticeships are advertised on www.myjobscotland.gov.uk and there is more information on the scheme  the Council website at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/modern-apprenticeships

You can also email growingourown@argyll-bute.gov.uk for further information.

The modern apprenticeship scheme is part of the Council’s Growing Our Own programme, designed to attract and sustain a workforce for the future. It aims to create opportunities for young people and includes a wide range of activities including apprenticeships, work placements and graduate trainee opportunities, and support to help employees develop and reach their full potential.